How many focus markers are there in Konkomba?

Schwarz, Anne (2009) How many focus markers are there in Konkomba? In: Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, pp. 182-192. From: 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, 22-25 March 2007, FL, USA.

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Abstract

This article discusses the divergent status of the two particles lé and lá in the grammar of Konkomba, a Gur language (Niger-Congo) of the Gurma subgroup. While previous studies claim that both particles are focus markers, this author argues that only the particle lá should be analyzed as a pure pragmatic device. Distributional studies suggest that the use of particle lé, on the other hand, is only required under specific focus conditions, and primarily represents a syntactic device.

Item ID: 17837
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: focus; Gur language
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© 2009 Anne Schwarz. Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, ed. Masangu Matondo et al., 182-192. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

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