A Grammar of Fongbe
This book is a reference grammar of Fongbe, a language which is part of the Gbe dialect cluster. It is spoken mainly in the former kingdom of Dahomey, which today comprises the southern areas of Benin and Togo. This book has three objectives: First, its main purpose is to provide a thorough description of the grammar of Fongbe. Second, this book provides language-specific syntactic tests which were developed in the course of this research. Finally, we provide the reader with the most exhaustive list possible of references on Fongbe, and on the Gbe languages in general. This book thus attempts to represent a "state of the art" of the language itself, and of the analyses proposed to account for its particular constructions. This book is of particular interest to Africanists, scholars interested in comparative linguistics or in the reconstruction of language families, and creolists who work on the languages spoken in the Caribbean area.
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adjectives adverbs Akoha analysis anaphor Anonymous 1983 argument Asiba Asiba Koku Asibi aspectual Bayi Bkyf Brousseau 1998 Brousseau—Lumsden 1992 c-command chapter child DEF clitics COMP complement complementiser compounds context contrast crab Cruz DEF Koku DEF.FUT definite determiner discussed in section double object construction event determiner examples extraction Fongbe FONGBEi Gbe languages gerunds goal interpretation involving it.is Koku Kdkt Kdkti s5 Kdku Kinyalolo Koku arrive Koku be.at Koku eat ks5n languages Lefebvre 1994c lexical items light verbs negative marker nominal structure nominalised noun occur phonological postpositional phrase predicate cleft constructions prefix prepare dough prepositions properties realised reduplicated relative clause resumptive pronoun S)he second verb Segurola semantic sentences serial verb construction shown Sika simple SVCs speakers stative verbs suffix syntactic tensed thematic roles TMA markers tone unaccusative verbs ungrammaticality verbal vowel word order