Focal aspects in the Lelemi verb system

Fiedler, Ines, and Schwarz, Anne (2009) Focal aspects in the Lelemi verb system. The Journal of West African Languages, XXXVI (1-2). 57 -73.

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The verb system of Lelemi, a Ghana-Togo-Mountain language spoken in the Volta Region of Ghana, has two TAM paradigms which use different sets of subject prefixes and interact with the pragmatic category of focus. While one paradigm can be regarded as default model as it is used in most syntactic environments, the other paradigm is much more restricted, occurring among others in part of the relative clauses as well as in subject and sentence focus constructions. Involved in the restricted paradigm is the morpheme na for which a grammaticalisation path from a (borrowed) conjunction towards a Perfective prefix is suggested.

Item ID: 14867
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0022-5401
Keywords: Kwa languages, information structure, focus, verb system, TAM system
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 01:49
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