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        1.    Friederike Lüpke, A Grammar of Jalonke Argument Structure

Message 1: A Grammar of Jalonke Argument Structure

Date: 04-Mar-2005
From: Friederike Lüpke <>
Subject: A Grammar of Jalonke Argument Structure

Institution: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Program: Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2005

Author: Friederike Lüpke

Dissertation Title: A Grammar of Jalonke Argument Structure

Dissertation URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Yalunka (YAL)
Language Family(ies): Mande

Dissertation Director:
Jürgen Bohnemeyer
Bernd Heine
Stephen C Levinson

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis offers a field-based account of argument structure in Jalonke,
a Mande language of Guinea. After an introduction to the language and the
framework used, chapter 2 gives an overview of essential grammatical
features of this previously undescribed language. Chapters 3 to 6
establish the parameters underlying the basic argument structure of Jalonke
verbs, grouping them into the classes of base-intransitive, reflexive-only,
base-transitive verbs, and causative/inchoative alternating verbs. Chapter
7 introduces valence- and meaning changing operations. Chapter 8 examines
unaccusativity. Chapter 9 investigates quantitatively how often speakers
realise all arguments of a given verb type and how often different types of
alternations occur in discourse. It is shown that the alignment between
lexical argument structure and argument realisation is extraordinarily
close. Chapter 10 outlines the contributions of this thesis to theoretical
and descriptive linguistics.

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