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LINGUIST List 21.2642

Fri Jun 18 2010

Books: Syntax: Hellenthal

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        1.    Mariëtte Bonenkamp, A grammar of Sheko: Hellenthal

Message 1: A grammar of Sheko: Hellenthal
Date: 15-Jun-2010
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: A grammar of Sheko: Hellenthal
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Title: A grammar of Sheko
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2010
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Anne-Christie Hellenthal
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930379 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 36.27
Abstract:

This thesis investigates the grammar of Sheko, an Omotic language spoken in
southwest Ethiopia. The study presents an analysis of the phonology, morphology
and syntax of the language, amply illustrated by examples. The supplements
contain a sample of texts and an extensive word list. Among other things,
the author discusses the interrelation between gender, definiteness and
number in nominal morphology. Some nominal morphology also occurs on verbal
forms. In the verb system, stem formation, aspectual and modal distinctions
as well as stance marking are treated. The language has a rich array of
complex verb constructions, such as medial clauses and serial verb
constructions, next to different types of subordinate clauses. In relative
clauses, a resumptive pronoun may occur before the antecedent. One of the
divergent ways in which interrogatives are formed is by 'subtractive
morphology', i.e. dropping off a grammatical element which is obligatorily
present in declaratives. Furthermore, subject clitics attach to a variety
of hosts in correlation to information structure and focus. These and a
number of other issues make the work valuable for specialists of Omotic and
Afroasiatic studies as well as for general linguists and anyone interested
in the typology of language.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Sheko (she)

Written In: English (eng )

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