LINGUIST List 21.1317

Thu Mar 18 2010

Books: Syntax: Aboh, Essegbey (Eds)

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        1.    Jasper de Vaal, Topics in Kwa Syntax: Aboh, Essegbey (Eds)

Message 1: Topics in Kwa Syntax: Aboh, Essegbey (Eds)
Date: 16-Mar-2010
From: Jasper de Vaal <>
Subject: Topics in Kwa Syntax: Aboh, Essegbey (Eds)
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Title: Topics in Kwa Syntax Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Published: 2010 Publisher: Springer

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Editor: Enoch Oladé Aboh Editor: James Essegbey Electronic: ISBN: 9789048131891 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 139
Electronic: ISBN: 9789048131891 Pages: 256 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9789048131884 Pages: 256 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9789048131884 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 139

• The first book to treat a range of topics in the syntax of Kwa• Written by experts who are mostly native speakers• Presents a wealth of empirical data and demonstrates their theoreticalrelevance to comparative linguistics and comparative syntax

Edited by two leading experts on the languages of West Africa, this volumeis the very first book to handle a range of topics in the syntax of Kwa, abranch of the Niger-Congo language family spoken by approximately 20million people in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin and in the extremesouthwestern corner of Nigeria. Kwa includes a total of 45 relatedlanguages. The nine chapters each address a separate grammatical aspect ofKwa. These range from topics such as the verb phrase, argument structure,verb serialization and complex predicates, to discussions on tense, mood,and aspect and their relation to the structure of sentences. Also addressedare the structure of the noun phrase and the syntax of discourse particles.

The studies in this volume demonstrate that Kwa languages offer a very richempirical domain for linguistic theorizing. In this book, experts who aremostly native speakers present empirical data and show its theoreticalrelevance to comparative linguistics and comparative syntax. The bookbrings together a wealth of material and fresh insights and is a superbexample of how empirical research feeds into typological and theoreticallinguistics. As such, it is a gold mine to students and teachers ofcomparative syntax, as well as for anyone interested in studies on NigerCongo languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Kwa (kwb) Language Family(ies): Kwa Areal Regions: African
Written In: English (eng )

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