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LINGUIST List 23.1628

Fri Mar 30 2012

Diss: Syntax: Nchare: 'The Grammar of Shupamem'

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Date: 28-Mar-2012
From: Abdoulaye Laziz Nchare <ncharelazizgmail.com>
Subject: The Grammar of Shupamem
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Institution: New York University
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2011

Author: Abdoulaye Laziz Nchare

Dissertation Title: The Grammar of Shupamem

Dissertation URL: http://ling.auf.net/lingBuzz/001441

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Bamun (bax)
Language Family(ies): Niger-Congo

Dissertation Director:
Chris Collins
Anna Szabolsci
Jeff Good
Gregory R Guy
Richard S. Kayne

Dissertation Abstract:

This study analyzes the grammar of Shupamem, a Grassfields Bantu language. The
methodology and analytical approach adopted here are essentially in line with the
Minimalist Program developed in Chomsky (1995, 2001) and Kayne (1994). This
study focuses on (a) the internal syntax of the DP and word alternation between the
head noun and its various modifiers, (b) the syntax of negation that reveals that
Shupamem is a bipartite negation (Bell 2004) with a great diversity of negation
patterns whose surface forms depend on the status of Tense, Aspect and Mood;
(c) the syntax of focus that suggests two focus fields for Shupamem (a left
peripheral field and the post-verbal field indicated morphologically (overt focus
marker) or syntactically (cleft constructions); and (d) the syntax of body part
expressions with a particular reference to the Binding Theory.

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