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Date: 19-Sep-2011 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: The Nominal Groups of English and Bura: Umar, Bello E-mail this message to a friend
Title: The Nominal Groups of English and Bura
Subtitle: A Comparative Exploration
Series Title: Linguistics Edition 82
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Ahmed Umar
Author: Baba Mai Bello
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862880997 Pages: 69 Price: Europe EURO 42.80
The Nominal Groups of English and Bura
A Comparative Exploration
Ahmed Umar & Baba Mai Bello University of Maiduguri, University of Bayreuth
This study compared the grammar of the nominal group in both English and Bura. The study aimed to compare the two languages in order to highlight the salient features of similarity and difference.
The comparative analysis was done in two ways: what items make up the NG of each language, and the order in which such items are arranged. Syntactically, English has the basic NG structure of MHQ (modifier + headword + qualifier); Bura has the basic NG structure of HQM (headword + qualifier + modifier). The same items (e.g. nouns, adjectives, etc) generally make up the NG of both English and Bura. The two languages also agree on the syntactic functions of the NG of subject, complement and the adjunct, the infinitival and present participial nominalisations, except on the clausal nominalisation, which is peculiar to English only.