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Title: Overt Argument Noun Phrase Interpretation in Oromo
Authors: Beyene, Kalbesa
Keywords: African Languages
Afro-Asiatic Languages
Cushitic Languages
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: In this thesis, the referential properties of Oromo overt argument noun phrases are described. The thesis has four chapters. In the first chapter, introductory issues are discussed. These include a brief description of the language, the statement of the problem, the objective, the significance, the methodology, the scope of the study, theoretical framework, and review of literature. In the second and third chapters, the central objective is dealt with. With regard to this, the principles of binding which deal with pronominal reference are discussed. Accordingly, anaphoric pronominals are bound within their governing categories, in which there is a governor within a c-command domain, an accessible subject, and anaphors should be in agreement with their antecedents. Non-anaphoric pronominals are free in such domain. Since languages behave differently with regard to the way the binding principles operate, and with regard to the level of linguistic representation at which the principles apply, that is, SS or LF, this study attempts to account for the situation in Oromo. In the last chapter, the summary of the whole analyses is presented. The binding principles apply to pronominals predominantly at SS. There are, however, cases, where they apply at LF. Furthermore, there are some movements that take place for the binding relationship to hold between bound pronominals and their antecedents.
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