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Title: A Grammar of Ma'di
Written By: Mairi Blackings
Nigel Fabb
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library
Description:

This grammar provides one of the most detailed accounts available of the syntax of a Nilo-Saharan language. It fully describes some of the unusual characteristics of Ma'di, including the different word orders associated with different tenses, the particle-based modal and focus systems, the full range of adverbials, and the structure and meaning of the noun phrase. The grammar also describes the phonetics, phonology, morphology, and aspects of the lexicon of the language.

FROM THE CONTENS:

Introduction
An overview of Ma'di
Phonetics
Phonology and Morphology
Verbs
Other word classes
The uninflected verb
The inflected verb
The directive verb
Suffixed subordinate verbs
Sentences with nonverbal predicates
Noun phrases
Modification of the noun (including possession)
Nonsingular noun phrases
Postposition phrases and other location expressions
Verbs and causal complements
Modals and negation
Adverbials
Focus uestions
Lexicon
Texts
References
Index

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Publication Year: 2003
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Subject Language(s): Ma'di
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