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Title: On the syntactic distribution and morphological form of resumptive pronouns in Esan
Authors: Rolle, Nicholas
Keywords: African Languages
Niger-Congo Languages
Atlantic-Congo Languages
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: University of Toronto
Abstract: This investigation has two main goals: (1) a basic description of personal pronouns and resumptive pronouns (RPs) in the Esan language (ISH)1 [Edoid, Benue-Congo, Niger-Congo: Nigeria], and (2) an analysis and account of these resumptive pronouns. I argue that (1) resumptive pronouns are true nominal arguments and not a manifestation of a predicational agreement system, (2) resumptive pronouns in Esan occur when a nominal is extracted from subject position as a reflex of a constraint against (phonologically) null subjects, and (3) all resumptive pronouns are invariably third person, whose insertion depends upon the features of the nominal with which it is co-indexed.
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