A Grammar of Yoruba

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Computers - 175 pages
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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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Contents

SECTION
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Description
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SECTION
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SECTION
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Class I Verbs D8 1 Transitivity
90
NonUnique Fixed VerbNominal D8 422 Terms in the Negative
96
ConsonantInitial Items Eio ii 1 Noun Subject
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E5 The Nominal E10 2 The Rankshifted Verbal Group
121
SECTION G FREQUENCY OF CLASSES AND STRUCTURES
134
SECTION H ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES FROM THE TEXT
143
A Note on
149
Assimilation and Contraction
160
Sample of Text
167
Bibliography
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