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Title: Introduction to Fulfulde Syntax
Written By: Aishatu Iya Ahmed
Description:

This book discusses some important features of Fulfulde syntax like
vowel length, consonant gemination, agreement and consonant
alternation. Vowel length and consonant germination are phonemic in
the language while consonant alternation is always triggered by
number. In addition to these important features, the book discusses
the three sets of pronouns that Fulfulde has; these include, the
anaphoric pronouns (reflexives and reciprocals), the nominal class
pronouns and the disjunctive pronouns.

Apart from the disjunctive pronouns, the other two sets of pronouns
are affixes that are attached either to the verbal roots or nominal
stems. In addition to its primary function of word formation, Fulfulde
noun classes can function also as subject/object pronouns,
demonstrative pronouns and complimentizers. Agreement in Fulfulde
goes beyond word level it affects both words and sentences. The
initial consonants of the subject noun and that of the verb agree
when number is added to the subject noun. This agreement affects
adjectives also. Although Fulfulde is classified as an SVO word order
language, there are other word orders derived through various
transformations; there are structures derived as a result of NP
movements (passivization, topicalization and foculization) and WH-
movement (WH-questions). In Fulfulde passive constructions, both
objects can passivize. The logical subject of the sentence drops to
pave way for the moving object to occupy the subject position.
Topicalization and foculization are two types of emphasis in Fulfulde.
The line of demarcation between the two structures is so thin that one
can substitute one for the other. Furthermore, the book discusses
Fulfulde phrase structure rules and sentence analysis using the tree
diagram method.

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Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Morphology
Phonetics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Fulfulde, Adamawa
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862886720
Pages: 134
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