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Diss: Morphology/Semantics/Syntax: Oha: 'Verb Compounding in Igbo: ...'

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Message 1: Verb Compounding in Igbo: A morphosyntactic analysis
Date: 26-Sep-2011
From: Amechi Oha <amaho44hotmail.com>
Subject: Verb Compounding in Igbo: A morphosyntactic analysis
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Institution: University of Nigeria
Program: Department of Linguistics, Igbo and Other Nigerian Languages
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Amechi Boniface Oha

Dissertation Title: Verb Compounding in Igbo: A morphosyntactic analysis

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Syntax

Subject Language(s): Igbo (ibo)


Dissertation Director(s):
Boniface Onyemaechi Mbah
Philip Akujuobi Nwachukwu

Dissertation Abstract:

Thesis abstract
This thesis investigates the morphosyntactic properties of the Igbo compound
verb through the thematic relation framework. The version of the thematic
relation is the Argument-linking Principle embodying the Feature Percolation
Convention. Both of them predict the sort of compound that can be formed and
others that are ruled out. While the Feature Percolation Convention states that
the properties of a compound derive from the features of the constituents, the
Argument-linking Principle states that all lexical items must satisfy their
argument structures in any tree to which they are inserted. In the quest for the
proper headedness and characterization of Igbo compound, the study employs
the argument structures inherited by the compounds from the uniting verb heads
to characterize them into types. The assumption is that it is the verb that
conveys the predominant meaning among the compounding components that
heads the compound. In doing so, the study adapts the Case classification of
Igbo single verbs approach to Igbo compound verb theta role assignment, in
providing the basic data. Using the relevant frameworks of the Thematic Relation
theory, the study establishes eleven compound verb types in Igbo each labelled
by the argument-projecting verb. An examination of the verb heads of the
compounds reveals three groups of Igbo compound verb headedness: the verb-
initial head compound, the verb-final head compound and the both-verbs
argument taking compound. It is also found that there are internal relations
holding in each individual verb that provide the essential meaning relationship
necessary for compounding. Where this relationship does not exist, compound
will not be possible. These findings have revealed some facts that indicate a
parameterization in verb compounding account as it relates to Igbo. The study
concludes that contrary to the popular assumption in the literature, Igbo
compound verbs can be analyzed into their derivational sources and patterned
into eleven types which in turn maintain a three-way argument linking. The
recommendations of the study include further investigation to establish the
phonological and syntactic features of the compound verb including further
validation of the facts discovered in this study through other frameworks.

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