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Syntactic and phonological phrasing in Bemba relatives

Cheng, L and Kula, NC (2006) 'Syntactic and phonological phrasing in Bemba relatives.' ZAS Papers in Linguistics, 43. pp. 31-54. ISSN 1435-9588


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Tone as a distinctive feature used to differentiate not only words but also clause types, is a characteristic feature of Bantu languages. In this paper we show that Bemba relatives can be marked with a low tone in place of a segmental relative marker. This low tone strategy of relativization, which imposes a restrictive reading of relatives, manifests a specific phonological phrasing that can be differentiated from that of non-restrictives. The paper shows that the resultant phonological phrasing favours a head-raising analysis of relativization. In this sense, phonology can be shown to inform syntactic analyses.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 14:45
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:30

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