Aspect and Modality in Kwa Languages

| Leiden University
| University of Ghana, Legon
ISBN 9789027205674 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027291387 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
This book explores the thesis that in the Kwa languages of West Africa, aspect and modality are more central to the grammar of the verb than tense. Where tense marking has emerged it is invariably in the expression of the future, and therefore concerned with the impending actualization or potentiality of an event, hence with modality, rather than the purely temporal sequencing associated with tense. The primary grammatical contrasts are perfective versus imperfective. The main languages discussed are Akan, Dangme, Ewe, Ga and Tuwuli while Nzema-Ahanta, Likpe and Eastern Gbe are also mentioned. Knowledge about these languages has deepened considerably during the past decade or so and ideas about their structure have changed. The volume therefore presents novel analyses of grammatical forms like the so-called S-Aux-O-V-Other or “future” constructions, and provides empirical data for theorizing about aspect and modality. It should be of considerable interest to Africanist linguists, typologists, and creolists interested in substrate issues.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 100]  2008.  ix, 335 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Felix K. Ameka and Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu
The verbal affixes in Akan: Time, tense, aspect and mood
L.A. Boadi
Akan as an aspectual language
E. Kwekuk Osam
Ga verb features
Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu
Aspect and modality in Ewe: A survey
Felix K. Ameka
The potential in Ewe
James Essegbey
Imperfective constructions: Progressive and prospective in Ewe and Dangme
Felix K. Ameka and Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu
Tense, aspect and mood in Tuwuli
Matthew Harley
List of contributors
“The methodological rigour of the analysis carried out by the various authors of the contributions collected in this volume and the solid theoretical premises on which each essay is based compel this much-needed book not only to the attention of scholars and students carrying out comparative work on African languages, but also to that of linguists, typologists and researchers investigating the influence of the West African substrate on Atlantic creoles.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008002762 | Marc record