The Nominal Groups of English and Bura
A Comparative Exploration
Ahmed Umar & Baba Mai Bello
University of Maiduguri, University of Bayreuth
This study compared the grammar of the nominal group in both English and
Bura. The study aimed to compare the two languages in order to highlight the
salient features of similarity and difference.
The comparative analysis was done in two ways: what items make up the NG
of each language, and the order in which such items are arranged.
Syntactically, English has the basic NG structure of MHQ (modifier +
headword + qualifier); Bura has the basic NG structure of HQM (headword +
qualifier + modifier). The same items (e.g. nouns, adjectives, etc) generally
make up the NG of both English and Bura. The two languages also agree on
the syntactic functions of the NG of subject, complement and the adjunct,
the infinitival and present participial nominalisations, except on the clausal
nominalisation, which is peculiar to English only.