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dc.contributor.authorCarstens, Vickieng
dc.contributor.authorDiercks, Michaeleng
dc.contributor.authorLópez, Luis, 1965-eng
dc.contributor.authorMletshe, Loyiso Kevineng
dc.contributor.authorNdayiragije, Juvenaleng
dc.contributor.authorSikuku, Justineeng
dc.descriptionA handout of a presentation given at the Afranaph Project Development Workshop on December 11, 2010, at Rutgers University in New Jersey.eng
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.eng
dc.relation.ispartofLinguistics presentations (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Linguistics Programeng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshBantu languages -- Grammareng
dc.subject.lcshGrammar, Comparative and general -- Null subjecteng
dc.titleProperties of Subjects in Bantu Languageseng

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