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Title: The Phrase Structures of Ethiopian Oromo
Authors: Yimam, Baye
Keywords: Afro-Asiatic Languages
Cushitic Languages
Oromo - Grammar
Issue Date: 1986
Publisher: School of Oriental and African Studies
Abstract: This study is about the phrase structures of Oromo. It examines various constituent structures in the light of the X-bar theory of Jackendoff (1977) and recent developments. The theory assumes that constituent structures are hierarchically organized syntactic expressions of lexical categories. The study starts with the identification of the lexical categories of the language. Four such categories have been recognized. Each category subcategorizes other maximal categories as complements or specifiers to form its minimal/maximal projections. The theory predicts a uniform three-level projection for all categories. The study shows that only nominals and verbals are characterized by this potential. The other two categories fall short of a bar. The complements across the categories are functional arguments in the minimal projections and restrictive and appositive modifiers in the intermediate and maximal projections respectively. All of them occur in argument positions. At the intermediate and maximal levels are also found specifiers of two types: those which are of quantifying and/or intensifying function, and those which are of deictic or referential use. They are generated at the intermediate and maximal levels respectively, as adjuncts. Specifiers and complements assume non-head positions. The category by which they are subcategorized assumes a head position. The study shows that this position is by and large final. This fixes the parameter of Oromo as a head-final language.
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