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Title: Negation in Ekiti Dialect of Yorùbá
Author: Akeem Ségun Sàláwù
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Institution: University of Ghana
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: Yoruba
Abstract: This thesis examined the concept of negation in the Ekiti dialect of Yorùbá language. The work accepted àrì and KÈ as parts of the markers of negation in the dialect. In addition, it explained fully the functions and structural distribution of the markers of the negation both at the phrasal and sentential levels.

This thesis made use of the oral interviews among the native speakers of the dialect. It also made use of relevant books, articles, journals and theses. It employed the use of the theory of Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar as propounded by Gazdar et al (1985) and a version of the theory by Cann (1986). The theory was used to explain the morphological and syntactic distribution of the markers of negation in the Ekiti dialect.The thesis showed that it has some markers of negation: Éi/ÉI and I that are different in form and in use from that of of Standard Yoruba.

A comparative analysis of the markers of negation in the Ekiti dialect and Standard Yoruba was also done. This thesis also accounted for the morphological source of the derivational morpheme àì- of the Standard Yoruba. It gave a full account for the tonal change on the subject pronoun of the negative construction in the Ekiti dialect.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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