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Fri Feb 26 2010

Books: Syntax: Riedel

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        1.    MariĆ«tte Bonenkamp, The Syntax of Object Marking in Sambaa: Riedel

Message 1: The Syntax of Object Marking in Sambaa: Riedel
Date: 24-Feb-2010
From: Mariƫtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: The Syntax of Object Marking in Sambaa: Riedel
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Title: The Syntax of Object Marking in Sambaa
Subtitle: A comparative Bantu perspective
Series Title: LOT dissertation series 213
Published: 2009
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Kristina Riedel
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328964 Pages: Price: ----

This thesis investigates the syntax of object marking in Sambaa and the
Bantu languages in general, with particular focus on Swahili and Haya, as
points of comparison. Object marking is approached from the perspective of
Minimalist syntax. The central claim is that object marking in Sambaa and
related languages can be analysed as Agree (in the sense of Chomsky 2000,
2001), with certain modifications. These modifications have implications
for the Agree mechanism in general. Object marking is discussed in the
context of a range of syntactic environments: simple affirmative clauses,
wh-questions, relative clauses and coordination structures. Based on this
broad set of data, it is shown that Bantu languages cannot, as has been
proposed, be divided into two types, namely those with object agreement and
those with pronominal object marking (Bresnan and Mchombo 1987; Byarushengo
et al. 1976, 1977 and Baker 2007). Rather, the Agree analysis can account
for the object markings patterns in all languages examined. It is further
shown that Bonet's (1991, 1994) Person Case Constraint (PCC) holds for
Bantu. The data discussed strongly support Bonet's distinction between a
"weak" and a "strong" PCC, as the languages discussed obey the weak but not
the strong version of the PCC. Moreover, the PCC is shown to apply not only
to object marking but to all ditransitive constructions in Bantu.

This thesis is of relevance to syntacticians interested in agreement,
object marking and the interaction of verbs and objects more generally, and
to linguists interested in Bantu syntax, and in particular Sambaa, Swahili
and Haya.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Haya (hay)
                            Shambala (ksb)
                            Swahili (swh)

Written In: English (eng )

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