Tony Naden

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Tony Naden
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Tony Naden is a British lexicographer who specializes on Western Oti-Volta subgroup of Gur languages. [1] He has compiled dictionaries in the following languages: Dagbanli, Mampelle, Mõõré, Nabt, Talene, KaMara and Yarsi. [2]


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  1. Dianne Naden and Tony Naden (1991). "Polygyny: Further Factors from Mamprusi". American Anthropologist . 93 (4): 948–950. doi:10.1525/aa.1991.93.4.02a00130. JSTOR   680975.
  2. "Dictionaries and Language studies" . Retrieved February 1, 2016.