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The clause structure of Wolof : insights into the left periphery

Author: Harold Torrence
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2013.
Series: Linguistik aktuell/linguistics today, v. 198
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Investigates the clausal syntax of Wolof, an understudied Atlantic language of Senegal. The book includes detailed examination of the morpho-syntax of wh-questions, successive cyclicity, subject  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Torrence
ISBN: 9789027255815 9027255814 9789027273017 9027273014
OCLC Number: 810123118
Description: xii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introductory remarks on Wolof grammar. Overview of the book ; Wolof in the Atlantic family and Senegambian group ; Wolof and its dialects ; Previous work on Wolof ; Phonology; Phonemic inventory and orthographie conventions; Phonological processes; Orthographie conventions ; Agreement ; Nouns and pronouns; Nouns and noun class; The determiner system of Wolof; Object marking ; Verb morphology ; Tense and aspect --
Clause types and clause structure. Introduction ; Negation ; Clitic position ; Subject marking; Overview of subject marking; Cleft clause subject markers; Strong pronouns; Genitive subject markers; Neutral na-dmse subject markers; Conclusions --
The Wolof left periphery. Introduction ; Exploded CP ; Focus and emphasis in Wolof ; Topics ; The complementizer system; Declarative clauses; Yes/No questions; Wh-questions ; The far left periphery ; Summary --
The structure of relative clauses. Introduction ; Basics of Wolof relative clauses ; Raising properties of Wolof relative clauses; Introduction; Islands; A Wolof-specific movement test; Reconstruction effects ; Relative clause structure : the relative markers; Analyzing the relative markers; Distribution of the relative markers; Tense and the relative markers; Intermediate summary ; CP, D, and CP-raising; Structures and dependencies; The relation between D and C; CP raising; Ideophones and CP raising; Relative clauses and Wh-expressions ; Open issues : indefinite relative clauses ; Summary --
Null nominals in Wolof and elsewhere. Introduction ; The existence of null wh-expressions in Wolof ; Null and overt wh-expressions in Wolof ; Interpretation and identification of null and overt wh-expressions ; Movement properties of null and overt wh-expressions; Introduction; Null wh-expressions and islands; Successive cyclic effects in movement; A Wolof-specific movement diagnostic; Superiority; Crossover; Reconstruction effects ; A third type of wh-expression in Wolof ; Open issues with the relative markers ; Wolof null whs in the typology of null wh-operators; Introduction; Wolof null nominals I : the locative ana construction; Wolof null nominals II : temporal clauses; Topic drop in German; Wh-drop in Dutch and Bavarian; Norwegian ; Conclusions --
Complementizer agreement in Wolof and beyond. Varieties of C-agreement ; A-agreement languages; Germanic complementizer agreement; Najdi Arabic ; A'-agreement languages; French; Irish; Buli; Kinande ; Complementizer agreement across niger-congo : atlantic and bantu ; Summary --
References --
Name index --
Subject index.
Series Title: Linguistik aktuell/linguistics today, v. 198
Responsibility: Harold Torrence.

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