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By Claire Halpert

The strikingly unrestricted syntactic distribution of nouns in lots of Bantu languages frequently ends up in proposals that syntactic case doesn't play an energetic position within the grammar of Bantu. This e-book bargains a special end that the foundation of Zulu that Bantu languages haven't just a method of structural case, but in addition a posh approach of morphological case that's equivalent to structures present in languages like Icelandic. through evaluating the approach of argument licensing present in Zulu to these present in extra regular languages, Halpert introduces a couple of insights onto the association of the grammar.

First, whereas this ebook argues in desire of a case-licensing research of Zulu, it locates the positions the place case is assigned decrease within the clause than what's present in nominative-accusative languages. additionally, Zulu exhibits facts that case and contract are targeted operations within the language, situated on varied heads and working independently of one another. regardless of those unfamiliarities, there's proof that the timing relationships among operations reflect these present in different languages. moment, this publication proposes a singular form of morphological case that serves to masks many structural licensing results in Zulu; the consequences of this situation are unusual, Halpert argues that its life is predicted given the present typological photograph of case. ultimately, this e-book explores the results of case and contract as dissociated operations, displaying that given this example, different strange houses of Bantu languages, akin to hyper-raising, are a common consequence. This exploration yields the belief that many of the more odd homes of Bantu languages in reality consequence from small quantities of version to deeply everyday syntactic ideas corresponding to case, contract, and the EPP.

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