Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorGood, Jeff
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-10T11:29:56Z
dc.date.available2015-10-10T11:29:56Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationIn Ines Fiedler and Anne Schwarz (eds.), The Expression of Information Structure: A documentation of its diversity across Africa. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 35–68.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10477/38492
dc.description.abstractNaki, a mostly undescribed Bantoid language of Northwest Cameroon with SVO as its canonical word order, makes use of an interesting information-structure encoding construction wherein a non-object focused element is shifted into immediately postverbal position. In this respect, Naki is similar to Aghem and Noni, two other languages of the area. However, unlike these languages, this word order shift is associated with special tone marking on the verb, and, in transitive sentences, it typically triggers fronting of objects to a preverbal position. This paper presents an analysis of this construction, situating it both with respect to general properties of Naki information-structure encoding and with respect to current theoretical approaches to information-structure sensitive word-order shifts. An important conclusion of the study is that Naki surface syntax seems better characterized in terms of linear fields than in terms of constituency trees.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherJohn Benjaminsen_US
dc.subjectBantoiden_US
dc.subjectBantu languagesen_US
dc.subjectCameroonen_US
dc.subjectNakien_US
dc.subjectAghemen_US
dc.subjectNonien_US
dc.titleTopic and focus fields in Nakien_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record