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ERIC Number: ED342270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 15
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The Behavior of Non-Terms in Shaba Swahili: A Relational Approach.
Obeidat, Hussein; Kapanga, Mwamba
The behavior of non-terms in Shaba Swahili is examined within the framework of relational grammar. Shaba Swahili is peculiar because it reflects a complex linguistic situation; its population consisted of people coming from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The behavior of Shaba Swahili non-terms is discussed with reference to several syntactic processes, such as passivization, relativization, raising, and the interaction of these processes in simple as well as complex sentences. It is argued that non-terms behave exactly like terms. The following conclusions are drawn: (1) non-terms in Swahili can be relativized and passivized; (2) non-terms, like terms, can undergo direct passivation and relativization; i.e., they can be promoted directly to subject position; (3) non-terms can relativize between sentences in complex passive and relative clauses and still control agreement in the embedded clause; (4) passivization and relativization of non-terms move the whole locative/instrumental phrase; and (5) a resumptive pronoun is obligatorily restrained only in cases that involve relativization of instruments. Contains 22 references. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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