A Grammar of Ma’di by Mairi Blackings, Nigel Fabb PDF

By Mairi Blackings, Nigel Fabb

ISBN-10: 3110179407

ISBN-13: 9783110179408

This grammar presents some of the most particular debts to be had of the syntax of a Nilo-Saharan language. It totally describes many of the strange features of Ma'di, together with different be aware orders linked to assorted tenses, the particle-based modal and concentration platforms, the total diversity of adverbials, and the constitution and that means of the noun word. The grammar additionally describes the phonetics, phonology, morphology, and elements of the lexicon of the language.

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Subordinate clauses Some subordinate clauses have exactly the syntax of root clauses. ' Some grammatical verbs take subordinate clause complements which have the syntax of root clauses (eg. root verbal morphology) but lack a subject. ' The function played by subordinating conjunctions in some languages is played in Ma'di by freely placed adverbials within the subordinate clause; such adverbials can usually also be found in a root clause, suggesting that there is no true class of 'subordinating conjunctions'.

226 Download Date | 7/29/12 7:52 PM 16 An overview of Ma'di determiner which codes definiteness and specificity. These phrases must be pre-adjoined to a pronominal, which in the default case is the pronominal m, when they are in object position or subject of a nonverbal predicate. l The object can be left-dislocated to before the subject, leaving a clitic copy behind when the verb is inflected. 5. Noun phrases Noun phrases are basically head-initial, optionally followed by a postmodifier and a final determiner.

The wh-expression is obligatorily focused. Yes-no questions are constructed by adding a final rising tone to a declarative sentence (66). 14. Fixed final sentential elements Some constituents of the sentence must come at the end of the sentence. 226 Download Date | 7/29/12 7:52 PM 26 An overview of Ma'di various other constituents including various adverbs such as manner adverbs and completion adverbs. 15. Freely placed sentential elements Other constituents of the sentence can be freely placed within the sentence.

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