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The problems of adverbs in Zulu

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Abstract

Adverbs in Durban Zulu appear to have contradictory properties. On the onehand, when they appear with intransitive verbs, they phrase prosodically withthe verb, just like direct objects. On the other hand, adverbs which appear withtransitive verbs are like typical adjuncts, which are adjoined above νP, and theyare prosodically phrased separately from the rest of the sentence. We suggestthat due to the nominal character of adverbs in Zulu, they can be selected bythe verb. Selected materials (including selected adverbs) are merged at the timeof main structure building, while non-selected adverbs and other adjuncts aremerged late. The timing of the merger of adverbs reflects their prosodic phrasingproperties.

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