The Grammar of Verbs and their Arguments

(forthcoming)
ISBN 978-3-89645-769-1

The Grammar of Verbs and their Arguments

A Cross-linguistic Perspective

Edited by: James Essegbey, Dalina Kallulli, Adams Bodomo. With an introduction by: James Essegbey, Dalina Kallulli, Adams Bodomo. With contributions by: Hasiyatu Abubakari, Felix Ameka, Dorothee Beermann, Adams Bodomo, James Essegbey, Lars Hellan, Dalina Kallulli, Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu †. Series edited by: Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig, Bernd Heine.

Series: Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 59

2nd quarter 2019
232 pp.
2 colour photos, 2 colour diagrams, numerous figures, tables and charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 180 x 230 mm
570 g
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The papers in this volume are part of papers presented at the International Workshop on Verbs and Their Arguments at the University of Vienna in November 2015. The workshop was organized in honor of Prof. Lars Hellan who has either trained the contributors in the analysis of verbs and their arguments, or worked with them on a project in that field. Some of the paper’s major claims and findings are that the present tense is a “discourse construal” feature rather than being morphosyntactic in nature; some modal verbs may express ability as well as modality, contrary to the claim in the Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures Online (APiCS). Krio, for example, has a future tense although the morpheme that expresses future can also express irrealis. Besides these important findings the paper is also methodologically significant as it provides access to scientific resources in real time by providing links to data points in an online database as an integral part of scientific argumentation.

 

CONTENTS

James Essegbey / Dalina Kallulli / Adams Bodomo:
Introduction

Dorothee Beermann:
Tense, Modality and Aspect in Krio – A corpus based study

Mary Esther Dakubu:
TAMP Marking in Proto-Kwa – What can we reconstruct?

Felix Ameka:
Verb constructions at the syntax-semantics interface

James Essegbey:
Cutting across the Akan-Gbe divide

Adams Bodomo:
A Dagaare pandora’s box – The syntax of verb serialization in an oral literature context

Hasiyatu Abubakari:
Predicate Cleft Constructions in Kúsáàl

Dalina Kallulli:
On a true universal – From clitic doubling in Albanian to object agreement in Bantu

Lars Hellan:
Situations in Grammar

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