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Title: Topics in Kwa Syntax
Edited By: Enoch Oladé Aboh
James Essegbey
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

• 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 theoretical
relevance to comparative linguistics and comparative syntax

Edited by two leading experts on the languages of West Africa, this volume
is the very first book to handle a range of topics in the syntax of Kwa, a
branch of the Niger-Congo language family spoken by approximately 20
million people in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin and in the extreme
southwestern corner of Nigeria. Kwa includes a total of 45 related
languages. The nine chapters each address a separate grammatical aspect of
Kwa. 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 addressed
are the structure of the noun phrase and the syntax of discourse particles.

The studies in this volume demonstrate that Kwa languages offer a very rich
empirical domain for linguistic theorizing. In this book, experts who are
mostly native speakers present empirical data and show its theoretical
relevance to comparative linguistics and comparative syntax. The book
brings together a wealth of material and fresh insights and is a superb
example of how empirical research feeds into typological and theoretical
linguistics. As such, it is a gold mine to students and teachers of
comparative syntax, as well as for anyone interested in studies on Niger
Congo languages.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Kwa
Language Family(ies): Kwa
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789048131891
Pages: 256
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
U.S. $ 139
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789048131884
Pages: 256
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
U.S. $ 139