Focus Strategies in African Languages: The Interaction of Focus and Grammar in Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic

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Enoch Oladé Aboh, Katharina Hartmann, Malte Zimmermann
Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 324 pages
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The book contains a collection of articles on focus in the Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic language groups. It investigates focus-related phenomena from different theoretical and methodological perspectives: the interaction of focus and prosody, the effect of focus on word order, the inventory of focus-marking devices, and others. The volume enhances the understanding of focus-marking in natural language.

 

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Contents

The contribution of African languages
1
The inventory of focus marking devices
8
Nuclear stress in Eastern BenueKwa NigerCongo
15
Investigating prosodic focus marking in Northern Sotho
55
Preverbal objects and information structure in BenueCongo
83
Focus strategies and the incremental development of semantic
113
Exsitu focus in Kikuyu
139
Information structure
161
The Profile of a morphosyntactic
185
Identificational operation as a focus strategy in Byali
223
A reanalysis of the particle neecee
241
Narrative focus strategies in Gur and
267
Focused versus nonfocused whphrases
287
List of contributors
315
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Enoch Oladé Aboh,Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Katharina Hartmannand Malte Zimmermann, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

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