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Title: The Syntax of Tuki
Subtitle: A cartographic approach
Written By: Edmond Biloa
URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/la.203
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 203
Description:

This monograph conducts a syntactic study of Tuki, a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon, from a cartographic perspective. The following domains are meticulously explored: The Complementizer Domain, the Inflectional Domain and the Verbal Domain. This study reveals that there is a relative phrase (RelP) located between ForceP and FocP. Moreover, a detailed analysis of an articulated IP provides the order of clausal functional heads that manifest aspectual morphology, which is theoretically closely related to issues in adverbial syntax. Additionally, the language under study unveils a very rich structural make up of DP and the surface word orders attested in this phrase can be accounted for in terms of snowballing movement operations along the lines previously sketched in the format of the Split DP Hypothesis. Overall, this cartographic analysis is bound to enrich our morphosyntactic knowledge of UG clausal architecture by demonstrating that its rich underlying structural skeleton is correlated by a wealthy surface structural and functional map. Edmond Biloa is professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Department of African Languages and Linguistics at the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon (Africa).

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Tuki
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ISBN-13: 9789027255860
Pages: 611
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ISBN-13: 9789027272362
Pages: 611
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