The Morphosyntax of Complement-Head Sequences: Clause Structure and Word Order Patterns in Kwa

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"This is the first book on the syntax of a Niger-Conger language family, which includes most of the languages of sub-Saharan Africa. Aboh, who is a native speaker of one of the languages (Gungbe) he discusses, analyzes different aspects of the syntax of the ""Kwa"" language group, and suggests how grammatical pictures for these languages can shed some light on Universal Grammar in general."
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Overview

"This is the first book on the syntax of a Niger-Conger language family, which includes most of the languages of sub-Saharan Africa. Aboh, who is a native speaker of one of the languages (Gungbe) he discusses, analyzes different aspects of the syntax of the ""Kwa"" language group, and suggests how grammatical pictures for these languages can shed some light on Universal Grammar in general."
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"Very valuable... Aboh's book makes an excllent contribution to the literature in that it presents a superb overview of may properties of the syntax of Gbe languages, which hadn't been given much publicity so far. ...highly recommended to anybody with an interest in African/less studied languages, or in theories of clause structure and word order."—Linguist List
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University of Amsterdam
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 3
2 Outline of the Grammar of Gbe 24
3 The Syntax of Noun Phrases 76
4 The Syntax of Pronouns 124
5 Tense, Aspect, and Mood: The Preverbal Markers 153
6 Object Shift and Verb Movement 192
7 Focus and Wh Constructions 235
8 Argument Topics and Yes-No Questions 290
9 Conclusion 330
Notes 333
References 351
Name Index 369
Subject Index 373
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