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Title: Some comments on Èdó syntax
Author: Ota Ogie
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Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Edo
Abstract: Baker& Stewart(1999) suggest a V to I raising analysis for Èdó which is crucially based on certain assumptions about adverb-verb distribution in Èdó .They argue that only Èdó verbs with an RV suffix which they analyse as a marker of past perfect can precede certain preverbal adverbs, that is in their terms undergo verb raising.In this paper, I give detailed documentation showing that their analysis is based on crucial misconception about Èdó verb morphology and the distribution of verbs and adverbs. I furthermore discuss the true nature of the RV suffix as a marker of transitivity, and if time permits, I will comment on Stewart’s classification of SVCs. My focus is not on the theoretical claims made by them but on the data used to support these claims. My analysis would therefore be descriptive in nature.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Africa and Asia, 1:50-59. Goteborg University


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