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Lovestrand, Joseph (2018) 'The background marker ná in Barayin.' Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 39 (1). pp. 1-39.

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This article gives a first account of the background marker ná in Barayin, an East Chadic language spoken in the Guera region of Chad. The article describes the marker’s syntactic distribution and the semantic and pragmatic contexts it occurs in. It commonly occurs following a sentence-initial noun phrase or adverbial, and it also commonly follows a sentence-initial dependent clause such as a conditional clause. The material preceding ná is background information which provides a context for the interpretation of the following proposition, which is the main point of the communication.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: information structure; background; Chadic; topic; focus
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISSN: 01676164
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 10:34
Related URLs: https://www.deg ... /article-p1.xml (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

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