ERIC Number: ED407869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Syntactic Typology and the Problem with Choosing One Analysis.
King, Alan R.
TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, v15 p91-111 1995
This study examines one analysis of Somali clause structure and syntactic typology, characterized as a radical departure, and finds in it considerable grammatical insight but also some problems. Another analysis is presented that retains both the advantages of the conventional view of the Somali sentence and the structural insights of the new analysis. Three alternative ways of viewing the Somali sentence are outlined: the conventional whole-clause approach; the "clause-plus-satellite" model that precipitated this discussion, and a third, "nucleate" analysis that recognizes both of the previous structures as applicable to the data. In development of this model, examples are drawn from a number of diverse languages, and the discussion treats these issues: realization of verbal agreement; behavior of focused constituents; case marking; and noun classes. Contains 31 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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