A Grammar of Fongbe

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Walter de Gruyter, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 582 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Overview of the phonology
15
Functional categories
37
Pronominal forms
61
Tense mood and aspect
85
Functional categories involved in the structure of the clause
113
Clause structures
143
Morphology
183
Modifiers
347
Serial verbs
399
The double object construction
445
The definite determiner in simple clauses
481
The socalled verbdoubling phenomena
503
Swadesh list
533
Text
539
A sample of idiomatic verbal expressions
547

Compounds
221
Verbs
235

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About the author (2002)

Claire Lefebvre is Professor at the University of Qu bec, Canada.

Anne-Marie Brousseau is Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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