The Bantu–Romance Connection

A comparative investigation of verbal agreement, DPs, and information structure

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  • Editors: Cécile de Cat1, and Katherine Demuth2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027290670

This landmark volume is the first work specifically designed to explore the extent to which striking surface morpho-syntactic similarities between Bantu and Romance languages actually represent similar syntactic structures. In particular, it explores the timely and much debated issues of verbal morphology and agreement, the structure of DPs, and word order/information structure, with the goal of providing a better understanding of the structure of the different languages investigated, and the implications this holds for syntactic theory more generally. All of the papers draw on data from both Bantu and Romance languages, providing a framework for much-needed further comparative research on the nature of linguistic structure, its diversity and constraints, and the implications this has for learnability/acquisition. The volume also provides an important precedent for incorporating insights from Bantu linguistic structure into mainstream of syntax research.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Other African languages; Romance linguistics; Generative linguistics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Leeds; 2: Brown University

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