The Bantu–Romance Connection

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

| University of Leeds
| Brown University
ISBN 9789027255143 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027290670 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Part 1. Clitics and agreement
Concepts of structural underspecification in Bantu and Romance
Lutz Marten, Ruth M. Kempson and Miriam Bouzouita
On different types of clitic clusters
Anna Cardinaletti
Pronominal object markers in Romance and Bantu
Marie Labelle
The Bantu-Romance connection in verb movement and verbal inflectional morphology
Carolyn Harford
Part 2. The structure of DPs
DP in Bantu and Romance
Vicki Carstens
On the interpretability of φ-features
Roberto Zamparelli
Agreement and concord in nominal expressions
Giuliana Giusti
A unified syntactic analysis of Italian and Luganda nouns
Franca Ferrari-Bridgers
Part 3. Information structure
The fine structure of the Topic field
Mara Frascarelli
Focus at the interface: Evidence from Romance and Bantu
João Costa and Nancy C. Kula
Agreement in thetic VS sentences in Bantu and Romance
Jenneke van der Wal
Index of languages
General index
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Cocchi, Gloria
2018.  In Structuring Variation in Romance Linguistics and Beyond [Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 252],  pp. 85 ff. Crossref 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. Crossref logo
Marten, Lutz, Nancy C. Kula & Nhlanhla Thwala
2007. Parameters of morphosyntactic variation in Bantu. Transactions of the Philological Society 105:3  pp. 253 ff. Crossref logo
Spinner, Patti
2011. Review article: Second language acquisition of Bantu languages: A (mostly) untapped research opportunity. Second Language Research 27:3  pp. 418 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008023397 | Marc record