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Title: Zulu morphosyntax and the structure of Aux
Authors: Beltz, Robert Joseph
Keywords: African Languages
Niger-Congo Languages
Atlantic-Congo Languages
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Eastern Michigan University
Abstract: This thesis is an analysis the Morphosyntax of Zulu, a Bantu language spoken in the Republic of South Africa. This thesis adopts basic tenets of Generative Grammar, including X-Bar Theory, Spec-Head Agreement and Government, to account for the structure of the auxiliary in Zulu grammar and to propose a paradigmatic theory of agreement. Three components of AUX: concordance, tense and agreement, are accounted for in the analysis. Traditionally, literature on Zulu has consisted largely of linear, template-based descriptions of the language. More recent work argues against this by employing binary-branching, hierarchical structures. While both approaches have been descriptively useful, they have neglected to incorporate theories of agreement or analyses of the auxiliary component of the grammar. Analyses of each Zulu tense, as well as concordance and agreement, are illustrated in this work. Previous works are summarized and compared with the analysis presented in this thesis.
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