Date: 06-Jun-2008 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: Theoretical Issues in the Grammar of Kikamba: A Bantu Language: Nduku Kioko E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Theoretical Issues in the Grammar of Kikamba: A Bantu Language
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 64
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Angelina Nduku Kioko
Paperback: ISBN: 3895864854 Pages: 190 Price: Europe EURO 68.50
Theoretical Issues in the Grammar of Kikamba: A Bantu Language
Angelina Nduku Kioko
This study describes some key aspects of Kikamba grammar in the context of advances in theoretical linguistics. As a preliminary to the main discussion, the phonology, morphology and syntax of the language are outlined in chapter 2. The book then describes in detail the agreement system, chapter 3; the pronominal system, chapter 4; the passive construction, chapter 5; and the applicative construction, chapter 6; in the light of theoretical literature falling within the Government and Binding, Relational Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar.
The application of the tenets of these theories to the description of the Kikamba data leaves some varieties of structures unaccounted for. In particular it is argued that, to account for all the varieties of the passive construction observed in Kikamba, we need to look at the basic features of the passive verb. The passive verb needs to be one that has an inherent argument and one that can take an expletive subject. Similarly, the analysis of the applicative construction points to the need to recognize two functions of the applied affix: a transitivizing function and a crossreferencing function. Object creation is shown to be a consequence and not a function of the cross-referencing use of the applied affix. 2nd printing 2008.
ISBN 3895864854. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 64. 190pp.