LINGUIST List 8.1211

Thu Aug 21 1997

Books: Syntax

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  1. Rene H. Mulder, new books: syntax

Message 1: new books: syntax

Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 16:33:04 +0200
From: Rene H. Mulder <>
Subject: new books: syntax

New from Holland Academic Graphics:

Papers from a workshop at Leiden University
Pb. xii + 253 pp. ISBN 90-5569-031-7 [HIL Publications, 4.]
Publication date: August 1997

All papers were presented at the Niger-Congo Syntax & Semantics
Workshop, No. 7 (June 1994)

PDF sample article available on the web or on request

Price NLG 40 (approx. $20) excl. P&P
Information: <> or <>;

Abstract: Ever since Greenberg's 1963 classification of Niger-Congo --
the largest of Africa's four language families -- the relationship
between the Kwa and Benue-Congo branches has remained puzzling to
historical linguists. By contrast, the past decade has seen emerging
consensus on several aspects = of the grammatical typology of the
Benue-Kwa area, which includes the major west African languages
=C0k=E1n, =C8w=E8, Yor=F9b=E1, =C8do and =CC= gbo, as well as the
whole Bantu group of central, eastern and southern Africa.

The twelve papers explore the unity and diversity of Benue-Kwa by
investigating issues in the syntax of objects: verb serialization,
verb extensions, light verbs, object agreement, object shift and
double object= s. Half of the contributors speak the languages they
study; most work in the principles-and-parameters tradition of
generative grammar, including very recent perspectives of minimalism
and antisymmetry. All the papers sugges= t innovations in these
theories to accommodate African data, much of which appears here for
the first time. 
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