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3rd person adposition adverbs Affixation African languages aspect marker auxiliary Bantu languages channel cleft Cliticization complement Compounding constituent copula derivative suffix Desemanticization diachronic dialects Eastern Nilotic languages Erosion evolution focus marking focus systems following example functional split future marker gender marker genitive Givon grammatical grammaticalization guages inflections involved kple Kru languages lexical linguistic units locative main clause main verb Mande languages means Merger morphemes morphological morphosyntactic Musa nominal periphrasis nominalized verb noun class noun phrase Nupe object noun obligatory out-of-focus clauses particle periphrasis personal pronouns phonological Pidgin postpositions PP-periphrasis pragmatic predicate focus marker prefix preposition present processes pronominal reference relational nouns relative clause relevant Rendille semantic sentence serial periphrasis Somali stage Standard Ewe strategy structure suggest Swahili synchronic syntax tend tense marker tense-aspect term focus marker tion tive undergoes verb phrase verbal attraction verbal derivative verbids vowel word order Yoruba