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Title: A basic description and analytic treatment of noun clauses in Nigerian Pidgin
Author: Kelechukwu U Lhemere
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Institution: Newcastle University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
Abstract: In this paper I will attempt to describe and analyse noun clauses attested in my data of Nigerian Pidgin English as spoken in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. It will be shown that in Nigerian Pidgin grammar all noun clauses may optionally begin with the noun clause introducer 'se'. This is the only morphological marking device, which distinguishes noun clauses from other clauses. Also noun clauses in the language occur in one of two syntactic positions following the verb of their superordinate clause: the object position or the adverbial position. A noun clause may also follow an adverbial clause introducer, in which case it can be taken to be part of a larger adverbial clause. As there is little or no evidence in Nigerian Pidgin to make a case for the existence of categories like the ‘copular’, ‘adjective’, or ‘intransitive verb’, hence, the standpoint taken in this paper is to argue that a noun clause that does not occupy the adverbial position can be said to be the syntactic object of the verb of the clause to which it is subordinate. Therefore noun clauses in Nigerian Pidgin may be divided into two categories: object noun clauses and adverbial noun clauses.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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