Chapter published in:Similative and Equative Constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective
Edited by Yvonne Treis and Martine Vanhove
[Typological Studies in Language 117] 2017
► pp. 189–211
Similative, equative, and comparative constructions in Beja (North-Cushitic)
This paper presents an overview of the morphosyntax of comparative, equative and similative constructions in Beja, a Cushitic language spoken in Sudan. It also discusses their relevance for current typological models and the extent to which they are at variance with the existing literature (Stassen 1985; Haspelmath & Buchholz 1998; Henkelmann 2006). The paper also proposes hypotheses regarding the origin of Beja comparative and similative morphemes, an issue which is problematic. A section is dedicated to the study of the extensions of the morphemes concerned to other functional domains, such as functives, pretence clauses, similes and accord clauses, causal and adverbial clauses, within the background of Creissels’s (2014) approach to the polysemy and multifunctionality of these markers. Comparisons with other Cushitic languages are also provided when necessary.
Keywords: Beja, similarity, comparison, grammaticalisation, typology
Published online: 31 May 2017
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