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Object Shift and Verb Movement

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/9780195159905.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

 Object Shift and Verb Movement

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Building on the analysis of the Gungbe tense and aspect markers above, this chapter proposes a new analysis for the Gungbe imperfective and related clauses in terms of a biclausal structure. It suggests that the Gungbe imperfective marker selects for a small clause headed by a nominalizer ‘quasi null morpheme’. This morpheme encodes the feature [+n] associated with a nominalizing functional head that projects as the left-periphery of the small clause.

Keywords: Gungbe imperfective; clauses; biclausal structure; quasi null morpheme

Chapter.  14038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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