The Bantu–Romance Connection

A comparative investigation of verbal agreement, DPs, and information structure

ORCID logoCécile De Cat | University of Leeds
Katherine Demuth | Brown University
ISBN 9789027255143 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027290670 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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This landmark volume is the first work specifically designed to explore the extent to which striking surface morpho-syntactic similarities between Bantu and Romance languages actually represent similar syntactic structures. In particular, it explores the timely and much debated issues of verbal morphology and agreement, the structure of DPs, and word order/information structure, with the goal of providing a better understanding of the structure of the different languages investigated, and the implications this holds for syntactic theory more generally. All of the papers draw on data from both Bantu and Romance languages, providing a framework for much-needed further comparative research on the nature of linguistic structure, its diversity and constraints, and the implications this has for learnability/acquisition. The volume also provides an important precedent for incorporating insights from Bantu linguistic structure into mainstream of syntax research.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 131] 2008.  xix, 355 pp.
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Cocchi, Gloria
2018. Chapter 5. Negation and negative copulas in Bantu. In Structuring Variation in Romance Linguistics and Beyond [Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 252],  pp. 85 ff. DOI logo
Güldemann, Tom, Sabine Zerbian & Malte Zimmermann
2015. Variation in Information Structure with Special Reference to Africa. Annual Review of Linguistics 1:1  pp. 155 ff. DOI logo
Just, Erika
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Marten, Lutz, Nancy C. Kula & Nhlanhla Thwala
2007. Parameters of morphosyntactic variation in Bantu1. Transactions of the Philological Society 105:3  pp. 253 ff. DOI logo
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2023. Editor’s note – Section 6. In On Spoken French [Studies in Language Companion Series, 226],  pp. 366 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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