Coding Participant Marking: Construction types in twelve by Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

By Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

While Africa as a typological quarter is usually linked to large verb morphology and verb serialization, this number of reports indicates that there's great typological variety on the clausal point. Verb serialization within the Khoisan quarter contrasts with wide case-marking in languages of northeastern Africa, which additionally use converbs and light-weight verb plus coverb structures. even supposing the categorial contrast among nouns and verbs is mostly transparent in African languages, a couple of them however offer complex analytical demanding situations during this admire. while a few languages are strongly head marking on the clausal point, others show up a fascinating mix of replacement innovations for the coding of members. The research of data packaging, and similar concerns resembling cut up ergativity, Differential item Marking, and discourse-configurational houses additionally play a task in numerous contributions. the gathering comprises not just cutting edge analyses for the respective language households those languages belong to, but in addition fabric proper for the present debate in theoretical linguistics touching on lexical specification as opposed to construction-based methods in the direction of argument constitution.

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With regard to the behavior of the transitive suffix -ā, the coverb3 xāī- ‘come out’, used as V2, behaves like a full verb (see (29)). out-t outside place kē kū tcí gè kā-ndò•à. ’ Further head marking devices are verbal derivations, such as causative and passive. ú-, which is of verbal origin. In causative constructions the causee is presented as A and the agent occurs as the object in AVO-order (see (30)). The passive is expressed by a clitic tí, which always occurs at the very end of the verbal slot (31).

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