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A Grammar of Jamsay

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This is the first complete grammar of any of the twenty or so Dogon languages of Mali, West Africa. Its most interesting features ... Lire la suite
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This is the first complete grammar of any of the twenty or so Dogon languages of Mali, West Africa. Its most interesting features are the systematic use of stem-wide tone contour overlays, and of intonational effects, for grammatical purposes, for example, marking the head NP of a relative clause, and expressing 'X and Y' coordination.



Auteur

Jeffrey Heath, University of Michigan, USA.



Résumé

Jamsay is the largest-population language among some twenty Dogon languages in Mali, West Africa. This is the first comprehensive grammar of any Dogon language, including a full tonology. The language is verb-final, with subject agreement on the verb and with no other case-marking. Its most striking feature is the morphosyntactically triggered use of stem-wide tone-contour overlays on nouns, verbs, and adjectives. All stems have a lexical tone contour such as H[igh], L[ow]-H, HL, or LHL with at least one H-tone. An exam of tone overlay is tone-dropping to stem-wide all-L. This is used for Perfective verbs (in the presence of a focalized constituent), and for a noun or adjective before an adjective. It is also used to mark the head NP in a relative clause (the head NP is not extracted, so this is the only direct indication of head NP status). The verb in a relative clause is morphologically a participle, agreeing with the head NP in humanness and number, rather than with the subject. "Intonation" is used grammatically. For example, NP conjunction 'X and Y' is expressed as X Y, without a conjunction, but with "dying-quail" intonation on both conjuncts.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: A Grammar of Jamsay
Sous-titre: Grammar of Jamsay
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9783110207224
ISBN: 978-3-11-020722-4
Protection contre la copie numérique: libre
Format: eBook (pdf)
Editeur: De Gruyter Mouton
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 755
Parution: 27.08.2008
Année: 2008
Sous-titre: Englisch

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