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By Claire Halpert

ISBN-10: 0190256478

ISBN-13: 9780190256470

ISBN-10: 0190256486

ISBN-13: 9780190256487

The strikingly unrestricted syntactic distribution of nouns in lots of Bantu languages frequently results in proposals that syntactic case doesn't play an lively position within the grammar of Bantu. This publication bargains a special end that the root of Zulu that Bantu languages haven't just a method of structural case, but additionally a fancy approach of morphological case that's akin to platforms present in languages like Icelandic. through evaluating the approach of argument licensing present in Zulu to these present in extra commonly used languages, Halpert introduces a couple of insights onto the association of the grammar.

First, whereas this ebook argues in prefer of a case-licensing research of Zulu, it locates the positions the place case is assigned reduce within the clause than what's present in nominative-accusative languages. moreover, Zulu exhibits proof that case and contract are exact operations within the language, situated on diversified heads and working independently of one another. regardless of those unfamiliarities, there's facts that the timing relationships among operations replicate these present in different languages. moment, this ebook proposes a singular kind of morphological case that serves to masks many structural licensing results in Zulu; the results of this situation are unexpected, Halpert argues that its life is anticipated given the present typological photograph of case. eventually, this publication explores the implications of case and contract as dissociated operations, exhibiting that given this case, different strange homes of Bantu languages, comparable to hyper-raising, are a normal outcome. This exploration yields the realization that a number of the more odd houses of Bantu languages actually consequence from small quantities of version to deeply ordinary syntactic ideas similar to case, contract, and the EPP.

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