A Grammar of Yoruba
Yoruba, a major West African language spoken by over twelve million people, has had so much scholarly attention before the release of this 1966 work, but no extensive descriptive grammar had ever been published. Dr Ayo Bamgbose therefore made a major contribution to the study of language. This descriptive grammar derives from a large body of written and spoken texts in Standard Yoruba. In order to avoid the faulta of traditional grammars, this study has been deliberately based on a structural theory, using Halliday's Scale and Category model. Dr Bamgbose's study of Yoruba was the first full-length exemplification of this theory to be published, and will continue to be of interest to general linguists as well as to specialists in West African languages and Yoruba scholars.
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Class I Verbs D8 1 Transitivity
NonUnique Fixed VerbNominal D8 422 Terms in the Negative
ConsonantInitial Items Eio ii 1 Noun Subject
E5 The Nominal E10 2 The Rankshifted Verbal Group
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adjunct awon bound verb clause initiator clause structure contraction dependent clause elements of structure elided emphatic element example expounded fixed verb-nominal collocation free clause free verb grammar Halliday 31 Hausa high tone junction imperative clauses iyen Lagos le.ko low tone syllable me.ji mid tone morpheme nasal vowel nasalised negator nominal group structure nominal qualifier nominalisation non-antecedental NON-THEMATIC noun obinrin occurs open set oral vowel person singular pronoun phoneme plural post-thematic element predicator preverb primary structure pronominal pronoun complement pronoun qualifier pronoun subject Question Items rankshifted clause reduplication secondary classes secondary elements secondary structures sentence structure sequence Siertsema SP structure Standard Yoruba subclass tense thematic clause thematic element transformation transitive verb types unit unmarked verbal group verbal group structure verbal particle Ward 58 Yoruba yoruba language zero exponent