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ERIC Number: ED367185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
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Subject-Verb Position and Agreement Shift in Kilega.
An analysis of Kilega, a Bantu language spoken in eastern Zaire, focuses on the relative positions of subject and verb and agreement patterns, with particular attention to WH-movement. It is found that Kilega is a subject-verb-object language, but exhibits some variant patterns. WH-movement triggers verb-subject inversion and shifts agreement. The verb then agrees with the WH-word, which has been moved to the initial position of the sentence. There is thus a syntactic interest to see why subject-verb agreement is blocked in this process. Two reasons are proposed: (1) that lexical noun phrase is inert, and therefore agreement would be blocked as a result of verb movement; and (2) that WH-movement is by adjunction. Specific examples are offered. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on African Linguistics (20th, Columbus, OH, July 23-25, 1993).