A Grammar of Miya
A Grammar of Miya describes a language of the Chadic family spoken in Northern Nigeria. This is the first documentation of Miya aside from word lists. The grammar describes all aspects of the language. Of particular typological interest are the tone system, a "terraced level" system in which tone operates over multi-syllabic domains, and word order, which is VXS in many contexts.
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THE MIYA PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE
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anaa auxiliary Bauchi clitic cognate complement consonant CVCa d-aa deverbal noun direct object discourse domain downstepped elicited enclitics examples focus function g-aa gerund Gituwa go-ICP goat grammatical Hausa Imperative Imperfective indirect INITIAL H intransitive intransitive verbs Kasham kwaa kwda lexical locative LOW RAISING mada Mangila marker mbargu Miya MONOVERBS moras morpheme morphological Nduya ndyaam Ngizim nominal subjects nominal TAM's noun phrase nuwun obstruents overt palatalized participle Perfective pluractional plural POLYVERB preceding predicate prefix preposition preverbal proclitic pronominal pronoun quantified questioned or focused relative clauses root s-aa saba semantic sentences singular sorghum stative Subjunctive suffix syllable syntactic tavam texts tlan tonal phrase tone class tone pattern Toneless topic universally quantified varka Vaziya verb Verbal TAM's vowel Warji word zhaaka