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dc.contributor.author Carstens, Vicki
dc.contributor.author Diercks, Michael
dc.contributor.author López, Luis, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Mletshe, Loyiso Kevin
dc.contributor.author Ndayiragije, Juvenal
dc.contributor.author Sikuku, Justine
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-14T17:36:10Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-14T17:36:10Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/10464
dc.description A handout of a presentation given at the Afranaph Project Development Workshop on December 11, 2010, at Rutgers University in New Jersey. en_US
dc.description.abstract This handout discusses how subject words function in various Bantu languages. Bantu languages are pro-drop, hence null subject languages (NSLs). Our initial findings are that preverbal subjects can, in fact, be non-specific indefinites (in at least Lubukusu and Kirundi). In Kirundi, expressions that are not licit in left-dislocated positions are fine as subjects. Person and tense/aspect influence the availability of inverse scope relations. Our preliminary conclusion is that at least some Bantu subjects are in Spec, TP; hence the nature of subject agreement in NSLs does not in general preclude subjects from occupying that position. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Linguistics presentations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bantu languages -- Grammar en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Grammar, Comparative and general -- Null subject en_US
dc.title Properties of Subjects in Bantu Languages en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.source.harvested http://english.missouri.edu/people/carstensv.html en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Linguistics Program


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