Verb-and-predication focus markers in Gur

Schwarz, Anne (2010) Verb-and-predication focus markers in Gur. In: Fiedler, Ines, and Schwarz, Anne, (eds.) The Expression of Information Structure: a documentation of its diversity across Africa. Typological Studies in Language, 91 . John Benjamins, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, pp. 287-314.

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Abstract

The article investigates the role of a group of cognate "ME"-particles in the complex focus systems of four Gur languages. On the basis of new data it is revealed that the particles have a presuppositional structure and mark narrow focus on the verb's denotation or on verbal operators in varying degrees, depending on the language-specific interaction with other pragmatic particles and the aspectual system. The paper thus provides insights into the typology and dependency of verb-related foci, including truth-value focus, in less familiar languages.

Item ID: 9283
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: African languages, information structure, verb focus, truth value focus, tense-aspect-mood-polarity
ISBN: 978-90-272-0672-5
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2010 04:36
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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