Charles Marfo's Aspects of Akan Grammar and the Phonology-Syntax Interface: PDF

By Charles Marfo

ISBN-10: 3838327918

ISBN-13: 9783838327914

This booklet discusses facets of the grammar of Akan, a language spoken in Ghana, and the theoretical points of the connection among phonology and syntax. relatively, a few buildings are explored within the point of view of the phonology-syntax interface. The life of phrasal or post-lexical ideas has influenced learn within the phonology-syntax interface. during this regard, linguists are confronted with a few theoretical questions. one in all them is with admire to how the phonology-syntax interface could be conceived; via Direct Reference or oblique Reference? it's complicated during this e-book that the phonology may well make connection with the syntax, yet purely remotely throughout the prosodic constitution of the phonological part of the grammar (e.g. Zec and Inkelas 1990). Syntactic research of a few of the structures explored are performed within the framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar (e.g. Bresnan 2001). it truly is claimed that the prosodic constitution essentially pertains to the constituent constitution of Lexical-Functional Grammar via a proposed mapping set of rules, the Compositional Mapping thought. this can be as a way to accurately clarify the phrasal principles happening within the explored Akan buildings.

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14) a. Yaw a-da ana Yaw PRF-sleep QM b. Àso Yaw a-da QM Yaw PRF-sleep ‘Has Yaw slept? ‘Has Yaw slept? Indeed, I believe that syntactic representations that make reference to aspects of the phonological structure may be few in (most, if not all) natural languages. However, that does not take away the fact that syntax may refer to phonology. In chapter five, where I discuss phonological rules in topic, focus and Q-word fronting constructions, I also identify one syntactic representation that make reference to phonological information.

However, such criticisms have led to equally insightful proposals, some of which have gone to strengthen the position of prosodic analysis and indirect reference in general. 4 for details). Indeed, the prosodic theory has often been beset with a few unique phrasal rules. These rules are unique in the sense that, unlike some others, their applications appear to be immediately based on some specific syntactic information. Consequently, they are syntactically prompted. What is more, these rules seem to be prosodically intractable.

Since, LFG involves far more than what is presented in this work, one is urged to consult the appropriate literature for detailed account. In the analysis of some of the constructions in Akan to be discussed, we will further observe some other details of LFG. Some account of what is involved in LFG is necessary here, not only because syntactic analyses in this work are done in the theory, but also because, as I found out during my fieldtrip to Ghana, LFG is relatively new to linguistics students (and even some teachers of linguistics) in Ghana to whom, I believe, this work will serve most.

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