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Title: A Descriptive Grammar of Tuwuli, a Kwa Language of Ghana
Authors: Harley, Matthew W.
Keywords: Tuwuli - Grammar
Kwa Languages
Volta-Congo Languages
Atlantic-Congo Languages
Niger-Congo Languages
African Languages
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: SOAS, University of London
Abstract: Tuwuli is a Kwa language spoken by about 11,000 people in the mountainous and linguistically diverse Central Volta Region of Ghana. It is one of a group of at least 14 poorly described minority languages, often referred to as the 'Central-Togo' group. As well as bringing to light much new linguistic data, this thesis shows that TuwUli is a language with many unusual typological properties. Tuwull's noun-class system is of particular interest because it is motivated primarily by the plural forms rather than by the combination of the singular and plural forms, as is typically the case in Bantu languages. Phonologically, Tuwuli is interesting because it is one of the few Volta- Congo languages displaying a seven-vowel system with cross-height ATR and labial vowel harmony. Regarding verb structure, verbs in Tuwuli can carry up to six prefixes and one suffix simultaneously; few, if any, Kwa languages can boast such agglutinativity. One of the verbal prefixes functions as a type of auxiliary focus-marker and betrays a clear link with the marking of negation. At the syntactic level, Tuwuli exhibits a wide variety of argument structures; whilst cognate object constructions are almost entirely absent, at least eight different types of monotransitive and ditransitive construction can be identified by the syntactic properties of the verb and its complement(s). The overall aim of this thesis is to provide a thorough descriptive grammar of Tuwuli. No specific linguistic model has been followed, but instead the description takes a classical form-and-function approach, describing the morphosyntactic forms that are available in the language, and the corresponding communicative functions with which they are associated. Each chapter is adequately supported by language examples from data collected during three periods of fieldwork in Ghana between 1996 and 2002. Several examples also come from data provided by mother-tongue language assistants resident in the U. K.
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