The Syntax of Chichewa

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 14, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 149 pages
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This new book provides a comprehensive description of the major syntactic structures of Chichewa.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
12 General features of Chichewa
2
14 On the status of prefixes
6
Phonetics and phonology
9
22 The vowel system
12
23 Syllable structure
13
25 Stress assignment
14
26 Tone
15
413 Conclusion
61
Argument structure and verbstem morphology
63
53 Preverbstem morphemes as clitics
64
54 Clitics
69
55 On the categorial status of extensions
70
56 Clitics and inflectional morphology
72
57 Argument structure and the verb stem
75
59 The applicative
78

27 Relativeclause formation
17
28 Conclusion
18
Clause structure
19
32 On pronominal incorporation
20
33 Phonological marking of the VP
22
34 The subject marker
23
35 The noun phrase
24
36 Complementation
27
37 The modals nga can may ngo just zi compulsive and ba continuative
30
38 sana before and kana would have
32
39 The imperative
33
310 The imperative with ta
36
311 Conditional ka
37
312 Conclusion
38
Relative clauses clefts and question formation
39
42 Relativization in Chichewa
40
44 Tonal marking of the relative clause
42
45 The resumptive pronoun strategy
43
46 The relative marker o
44
47 Question formation
45
48 More on subject marker and object marker
46
49 Discontinuous noun phrases in Chichewa
48
410 Head marking and discontinuous constituents
51
411 Limits of discontinuity
57
412 Genitive constructions
59
510 Passivizability
81
511 Cliticization
82
512 Reciprocalization
83
513 Extraction
86
514 Instrumental and locative applicatives
87
515 Constraints on morpheme cooccurrence
88
Argumentstructurereducing suffixes
90
62 The passive
91
63 Locative inversion and the passive
92
64 The stative
95
65 Approaches to the stative construction in Chichewa
98
66 On the unaccusativity of the stative in Chichewa
100
67 The reciprocal
102
68 The reversive and other unproductive affixes
110
69 Conclusion
111
The verb stem as a domain of linguistic processes
112
73 Nominal derivation
113
74 Compounding
117
75 Morpheme order in the verb stem
118
76 Templatic morphology
122
77 Thematic conditions on verbal suffixation in Chichewa
124
78 Conclusion
130
References
131
Index
143
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Sam Mchombo is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley.

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