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Title: A Grammar of Ajagbe
Written By: Eric A. Morley
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 480
Description:

Ajagbe is a Gbe language spoken by approximately 500,000 people in
southwestern Benin and southeastern Togo. Little research has been done on
Ajagbe.

This grammar begins with the phonemic inventory of the language and an
overview of the phonology. It contains chapters on: different parts of
speech, including nouns, pronouns, verbs and modifiers; morphological
processes such as reduplication, derivational affixes, and compounding; and
syntax, including tense, mood and aspect markers, clausal structures and a
brief overview of serial verbs. Also included is a Swadesh word list.

The fieldwork for this grammar was conducted from 2007-9 when the author
was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Klouekanme, Benin.

Contents:

1 Phonology (Segmental inventories, Phonotactics, Tones, Phonological
Processes)

2 Nominal Structure (The Definite Determiner, The Plural Marker, The
Indefinite Determiner, Bare NPs, Possession, Demonstrative determiners,
Quantifiers)

3 Pronouns

4 Tense, Mood and Aspect

5 Functional Categories in Clause Structure

6 Clause Structures (Copular Structures, Wh-movement, Conditional Clauses,
Concessive Clauses, Temporal Clauses, Causal Clauses)

7 Derivational Affixes

8 Reduplication

9 Compound Words

10 Verbs (The Verbal Lexicon, Argument Structures, Intransitive Verbs,
Transitive Verbs, Argument Alterations, Middle Constructions, Unexpressed
Objects, Internal Argument Alternations, The Causative / Inchoative
Alternation, The Passive / Active Alternation, Modal Verbs)

11 Prepositions and Postpositions

12 Modifiers

13 Serial Verbs

Swadesh Word List

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Morphology
Phonology
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Aja
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3862880222
ISBN-13: 9783862880225
Pages: 128
Prices: Europe EURO 57.30