How many focus markers are there in Konkomba?
Schwarz, Anne (2009) How many focus markers are there in Konkomba? Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics , 22-25 March 2007, FL, USA , pp. 182-192.
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This article discusses the divergent status of the two particles lé and lá in the grammar of Konkomba, a Gur language (Niger-Congo) of the Gurma subgroup. While previous studies claim that both particles are focus markers, this author argues that only the particle lá should be analyzed as a pure pragmatic device. Distributional studies suggest that the use of particle lé, on the other hand, is only required under specific focus conditions, and primarily represents a syntactic device.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)|
© 2009 Anne Schwarz. Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, ed. Masangu Matondo et al., 182-192. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
|Keywords:||focus; Gur language|
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