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Title: Morpho-Syntactic Strategies for Expressing V-N Collocations in the Edo Simple Clause
Author: Omoregbe Mercy Esohe
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Institution: University of Benin
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Syntax
Subject Language: Edo
Abstract: Edo is a Kwa language spoken in Edo state. The language has an interesting array of verbs which can be classified into different morpho-syntactic classes based on the choice of nominal items that occur with them. The language also has noun class vestiges as in Kari (2006). This vestigious noun class system is clearly observed in a small class of plural nouns which is marked by vowels have been mostly analysed as noun prefixes in some previous works though counter claims have been put up to correct such conclusions (cf. Westermann & Bryan 1952, Amayo 1976, Elugbe 1976, Aikhionbare 1980, Omoruyi 1986). Our claim in this work is that all nouns in Edo are divided into seven noun classes based on the seven oral vowels in the language. We propose that markers of the nouns indicate agreement and case-marking with the verbs they occur with in simple clauses.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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