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Downing, Laura J. and Marten, Lutz (2019) 'Clausal morphosyntax and information structure.' In: Van de Velde, Mark, Bostoen, Koen, Nurse, Derek and Philippson, Gérard, (eds.), The Bantu Languages (2nd edition). London: Routledge, pp. 270-307. (Routledge Language Family Series)

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With some 300–500 closely related languages, the Bantu family provides a wealth of examples for the study of syntactic micro-variation within a set of typologically similar languages. This chapter surveys six central topics in the clausal morphosyntax, highlighting similarities and variation across the Bantu spectrum. The themes discussed are: word order, agreement in the phrase and the clause, valency-changing morphosyntax, non-verbal predication, complex clause structure and dependent clauses and the phonology-syntax interface. Each topic is amply illustrated with data from several geographically disparate languages, and the implications of the data for leading theoretical frameworks are discussed.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISBN: 9781138799677
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Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2019 07:01
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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