The Syntax of Chichewa

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Oktober 2004



The main topics covered in this description of the major syntactic structures of Chichewa, a Bantu language widely spoken in Malawi, include phonetic and phonological aspects of the language, clause structure aspects, and interactions between tone and syntactic structure. Sam Mchombo's analysis is supplemented by observations about how the study of African languages, specifically Bantu languages, has contributed to progress in grammatical theory. The text covers debates about the interaction between syntax and the lexicon, as well as the contributions of African linguistic structure to the evaluation of competing grammatical theories.


1. Introduction; 2. Phonetics and phonology; 3. Clause structure; 4. Relative clauses, clefts and question formation; 5. Argument structure and verb stem morphology; 6. Argument structure reducing suffixes; 7. The verb stem as a domain of linguistic processes.


Sam Mchombo is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley.


"The work captures the major syntactic structures of Chichewa while acknowledging the importance of the morphology of the Bantu verb and its argument structure. This work will be of interest to the student of Chichewa, the student of linguistics and the theoretical syntactician." The International Journal of African Historical Studies John P. Hutchinson, Boston University
EAN: 9780521573788
ISBN: 0521573785
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Syntax Guides'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2004
Seitenanzahl: 149 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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