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Tense, Aspect, and Mood: The Preverbal Markers

Enoch Oladé Aboh

in The Morphosyntax of Complement-Head Sequences

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159905
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788125 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159905.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

 Tense, Aspect, and Mood: The Preverbal Markers

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This chapter discusses some aspects of the Gungbe clause structure in terms of the split-I and split-C hypotheses. It is argued that each of so-called ‘I-features’ is the head of a maximal projection that projects within the I-system. The first section provides a general overview of the Gungbe preverbal markers. It is shown that the Gungbe preverbal markers are of two types: negation, tense, and aspect markers, which encode I-features (i.e., IP-markers), and the markers that manifest the left periphery and express C-features (i.e., CP-markers). The next section discusses the distribution and the syntactic function of the IP-markers in the Gungbe sentences. The chapter then discusses the Gungbe mood markers.

Keywords: Gungbe markers; split-I hypothesis; Gungbe tense; split-C hypothesis; mood markers; preverbal markers

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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