Topics in Kwa Syntax / Edition 1

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Edited by two leading experts on the languages of West Africa, this volume is the very first book to handle a range of topics in the syntax of Kwa, a branch of the Niger-Congo language family spoken by approximately 20 million people in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin and in the extreme southwestern corner of Nigeria. Kwa includes a total of 45 related languages. The nine chapters each address a separate grammatical aspect of Kwa. These range from topics such as the verb phrase, argument structure, verb serialization and complex predicates, to discussions on tense, mood, and aspect and their relation to the structure of sentences. Also addressed are the structure of the noun phrase and the syntax of discourse particles.

The studies in this volume demonstrate that Kwa languages offer a very rich empirical domain for linguistic theorizing. In this book, experts who are mostly native speakers present empirical data and show its theoretical relevance to comparative linguistics and comparative syntax. The book brings together a wealth of material and fresh insights and is a superb example of how empirical research feeds into typological and theoretical linguistics. As such, it is a gold mine to students and teachers of comparative syntax, as well as for anyone interested in studies on Niger Congo languages.

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“The editors are to be congratulated on putting together an excellent collection of articles on a group of languages that should be more widely discussed. Experienced scholars of Kwa will find it a useful guide to what is being done in languages outside their own specialization.” (Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu, Studies in Language, 34:2)

“Although written by and for linguists with special expertise and interest in Kwa languages, this volume has much to offer creolists, especially but not only those investigating the development of Atlantic creoles. The data and analyses will be most useful to those researching the historical connections between Gbe and other West African language groupings and the grammars of creoles of the New World, a value enhanced by depth of detail not only about individual languages but also about differences among them.” (George L. Huttar, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, Vol. 28 (1), 2013)

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.-
CHAPTER 1 – Aboh, E.O., and Essegbey, J.: The Phonology Syntax Interface.-
CHAPTER 2 – Aboh, E. O.: Morphosyntax of the Noun Phrase.-
CHAPTER 3 – Aboh, E. O., and Essegbey, J.: General properties of the Clause in Kwa.-
CHAPTER 4 – Adesola, Oluseye: The Non-agreeing Subject Resumptive Pronoun in Yoruba.-
CHAPTER 5 – Saah, Kofi: Relative Clauses in Akan.-
CHAPTER 6 – Enoch O. Aboh: On the Right Edge C-type Negation Markers.-
CHAPTER 7 – Ameka, Felix: Information Packaging Construction in Kwa: Micro-variation and Typology.-
CHAPTER 8 – Essegbey, James: Inherent Complement Verbs and Double Object Constructions in Gbe.-
CHAPTER 9 – Larson, Martha: The Empty Subject Construction: Verb serialization in Baule.-
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