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Thu Oct 25 2007

TOC: Leiden Working Papers in Linguistics 4/2 (2007)

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        1.    Jenneke van der Wal, Leiden Working Papers in Linguistics Vol 4, No 2 (2007)

Message 1: Leiden Working Papers in Linguistics Vol 4, No 2 (2007)
Date: 23-Oct-2007
From: Jenneke van der Wal <J.van.der.Wallet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Leiden Working Papers in Linguistics Vol 4, No 2 (2007)
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Publisher: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

Journal Title: Leiden Working Papers in Linguistics
Volume Number: 4
Issue Number: 2
Issue Date: 2007

Main Text:


Kofi Dorvlo: Serial Verb Constructions in Logba. Leiden Papers in
Linguistics 4.2, 1-16.

Abstract: Serial Verb Constructions (henceforth SVCs) are said to be an
areal feature in West Africa (Dimmendaal 2001, Creisels 2000).
Nevertheless, it is hard to identify a common West African type of Serial
Verb Construction. There are striking differences across languages in
even those purported to belong to the same family, e.g. Kwa. In this
paper, I describe SVCs in Logba, a Na-Togo Kwa language spoken in the
hills near the border between Ghana and Togo. I examine the properties of
the expressions in terms of some of the constraints that have been
proposed in the literature – argument sharing (both subject and object)
and shared tense, aspect, mood and negation. Different functional types of
SVC such as comparative and directional are discussed as well.

*Anne-Christie Hellenthal: Modality properties of sentence type markers in
Sheko. Leiden Papers in Linguistics 4.2, 17-32.

Abstract: Sheko, one of the Omotic languages spoken in southwest Ethiopia,
employs a set of sentence type markers on final (main) verbs to
distinguish between interrogatives, imperatives, optatives, negatives and
realis and irrealis declaratives. Sheko joins a group of languages which
curb the tendency to treat the declarative as the unmarked sentence type.
A closer look at the realis and irrealis declarative markers reveals that
they can also be used to express stronger and weaker modality (e.g.
‘must’ vs. ‘should’).

* Erwin R. Komen: Chechen vowel inventory. Leiden Papers in Linguistics
4.2, 33-60.
Abstract: The Chechen language has a system of short and long vowels, and
also includes diphthongs. Previous analyses of the vowel inventory
diverged with respect to the number of phonemic diphthongs. In this paper
I propose a detailed re-analysis of all Chechen vowel phonemes, paying
special attention to the differences between the previous inventory
analyses. The first question is whether the glides [w] and [j] when
preceded by a vowel should be regarded as vowels or consonants. In this
paper I conclude that they should be interpreted as vowels. The second
question is whether the difference between short and long vowel
diphthongs that start with a high vowel is phonemic or not. In this paper
I show that the difference is phonemic in principle. The third question
concerns the status of [æ]. I conclude that it is not a separate

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