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Mon Jul 06 2009

Diss: Morphology/Phonology/Syntax/Efik: Mensah: 'Efik Morphology:...'

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Message 1: Efik Morphology: A study of word structure in generative grammar
Date: 06-Jul-2009
From: Eyo Mensah <eyomensah2004yahoo.com>
Subject: Efik Morphology: A study of word structure in generative grammar
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Institution: University of Calabar
Program: PhD in Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Eyo Offiong Mensah

Dissertation Title: Efik Morphology: A study of word structure in generative grammar

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Phonology
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Efik (efi)

Dissertation Director:
Okon Etim Essien
Prof. Alex Iwara
Prof. Chris Nwamou
Prof. Philomena Ejele

Dissertation Abstract:

This work, Efik Morphology: A study of word structure in generative
grammar, primarily investigates and analyses the nature of word formation
processes and the way word formation interacts with phonology, syntax and
the lexicon. our theoretical prerequisite have been eclectic in nature. We
gained sufficient insights from X-bar syntax, lexical phonology and
autosegmental phonology which are important offshoots of generative
grammar. The study exhibits a strong commitment to empirical research, to
the collection, interpretation and analysis of data. Necessary
methodological tools were employed to obtain relevant data (corpora,
dictionaries, wordlists, files and tape recorders). We studied the Efik
language that is actually produced by its native speakers in the form of
recording because our approach and emphasis in the interpretation of data
is not just descriptive but analytical. In the course of this study, we
reanalysed some previous works on Efik morphology such as Ward (1933),
Welmers (1973), and Essien (1974, 1983 and 1990). In this study, we
discovered that many factors determine the process of word formation;
certain conditions have to stipulate the position of the affix, the
phonology of the stem, the stem's lexical category and boundary
restrictions which specify where an affix may appear in a string of
affixes. We also discovered that the most productive word-creation
mechanism in Efik is derivation, which is stem-based as opposed to
word-based. A major contribution of this study to knowledge has been an
analysis that has brought significant insights into the native speaker's
grammar.



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