[-] Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorCarstens, Vicki
dc.contributor.authorDiercks, Michael
dc.contributor.authorLópez, Luis, 1965-
dc.contributor.authorMletshe, Loyiso Kevin
dc.contributor.authorNdayiragije, Juvenal
dc.contributor.authorSikuku, Justine
dc.date.issued2010-12eng
dc.descriptionA 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.abstractThis 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.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/10464
dc.relation.ispartofLinguistics presentations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Linguistics Program
dc.source.harvestedhttp://english.missouri.edu/people/carstensv.htmlen_US
dc.subject.lcshBantu languages -- Grammaren_US
dc.subject.lcshGrammar, Comparative and general -- Null subjecten_US
dc.titleProperties of Subjects in Bantu Languagesen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US


Files in this item

[PDF]

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • English presentations (MU)
    The items in this collection are the scholarly output of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of English.
  • Linguistics presentations (MU)
    The items in this collection are the scholarly output of the faculty, staff, and students of the Linguistics Program.

[-] Show simple item record