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Five papers on African linguistics are presented. "Observations on Some Derivational Affixes in Kiswahili Predicate Items" (Assibi Apatewon Amidu) examines the few morphemes recognized in the Swahili derivational affix system and suggests changes in the rules of vowel harmony and in presentation and representation of the affixes in use. "Dagaare Syntax: A Two-Level X-Bar Account" (Adams B. Bodomo) presents a formal analysis of aspects of the morphosyntactic structure of Dagaare and related languages, using the two-level X-bar system. In "The X-Bar Theory and the Ewe Noun Phrase" (James A. B. K. Essegbey), previous research on the nominal phrase in Ewe is reviewed and discussed in relation to X-bar theory. In "Affix Order in Fulfulde and the Scope Interpretation" (Ole T. Fagerli) it is proposed that the scope interpretation of affix order can not, even theoretically, account for every possible combination of derivations in Fulfulde. Data are drawn largely from one dialect. "A Diachronic Study of Fula Conjugation" (Rolf Theil Endresen) reconstructs conjugational endings in two hypothetical earlier stages of Fula, with a detailed presentation and discussion of the steps in the development from earlier stages to modern dialects. Each paper contains references. (MSE)

Descriptors: Affixes, African Languages, Diachronic Linguistics, Ewe, Foreign Countries, Form Classes (Languages), Fulani, Grammar, Language Patterns, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Morphology (Languages), Phrase Structure, Structural Analysis (Linguistics), Swahili, Syntax, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Verbs

Dept. of Linguistics, University of Trondheim, N-7055 Dragvoll, Norway.

Autor: University of Trondheim Working Papers in Linguistics, n19 1993


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