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Title: Aspects of Clefting in Lamnso'
Authors: Mbiydzenyuy Sala, Bonaventure
Keywords: African Languages
Niger-Congo Languages
Atlantic-Congo Languages
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Université de Yaoundé I
Abstract: This work set out to probe into some aspects of clefting in Lamnso'. Data was collected through a comparative analysis of some Lamnso' and English sentences. Though there are some similarities in cleft constructions in Lamnso' and English, the focus of the work was on dissimilarities. Clefting in Lamnso' involves two processes, namely V-preposing and the occurrence of the copula. V-preposing, accompanied by heads such as TNS and NEG, is used to focus subject NPs. AGR disappears after Vpreposing, the case grid of the preposed verb is modified and a kind of 'makeshift' accusative case is assigned to [Spec, AGRP]. The moved verb and the accompanying heads land in the F of FP. The occurrence of the copula is used to focus post-verbal constituents such as object NPs, PPs and embedded IPS and CPs. The constituents remain in situ and the copula is generated in front of them. The copula could also be generated in front of relativized V-complements.
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