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When arguments become adjuncts: Split configurationality in Leggbó
(Chicago Linguistic Society, 2007)
Leggbó is an Upper Cross language of the Niger-Congo family spoken by about 60,000 people in southeastern Nigeria. In affirmative sentences, it shows SVO word order, but in negative sentences, it shows SOV order. ...
Book review: Childs, G. Tucker (2003). An Introduction to African Languages
(John Benjamins, 2009-02)
Review: Stress, tone, and intonation in Creoles and contact languages (Parth Bhatt and Ingo Plag, eds.)
(John Benjamins, 2008)
There has been a fair amount of research on the prosodic systems of contact languages in recent years (see, e.g., Devonish, 2002; Good, 2004; Gooden, 2003; and Remijsen & van Heuven, 2005, among others). And, at least ...
Tone and accent in Saramaccan: Charting a deep split in the phonology of a language
Saramaccan, an Atlantic creole spoken in Surinam, has traditionally been analyzed as exhibiting a high-tone/low-tone opposition in its lexicon. However, while it is true that part of its lexicon exhibits a robust high/low ...
Morphosyntactic tone raising in Saramaccan: The reanalysis of substrate phonology as tonal morphology
(Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003)
The focus of this paper is on several cases of tone raising in Saramaccan, an Atlantic creole spoken in Surinam, which appear to be best analyzed as the manifestation of morphological floating high tones. Floating tones ...
The descriptive grammar as a (meta)database
This paper presents a general model for the structure of the traditional descriptive grammar based on a survey of four printed grammars, each of which was chosen as representative of a different "genre": a "best-practice" ...
Practical language development: Whose mission?
(Linguistic Society of America, 2009)
The purpose of this paper is to acknowledge and explore the relationship between academic and mission linguistics, focusing on their main areas of overlap, language documentation and fieldwork. Our orientation is ...
A gentle introduction to metadata
Metadata is a new word based on an old concept. Any summary of the contents of a library or archive, like a card catalog, contains metadata. It is the preferred term of the technical community to refer to ``card-catalog'' ...
Parallel Reverse Treebanks for the Discovery of Morpho-Syntactic Markings
This paper describes a corpus of syntactic structures and associated sentences. However, it is not a traditional treebank. The syntactic structures are created first and are then associated with sentences in a human language. ...
Semi-Automated Elicitation Corpus Generation
In this document we will describe a semi-automated process for creating elicitation corpora. An elicitation corpus is translated by a bilingual consultant in order to produce high quality word aligned sentence pairs. The ...