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A lexical-functional analysis of Swahili relative clauses

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After an overview of Swahili's linguistic situation and a basic description of its nominal morphology, verbal morphology, and syntax, I focus on a description of relative clauses. The two basic relative clause formation strategies (the first utilizing the '-o of Reference' as a verbal infix, and the second involving 'amba-') are examined, along with their use in various semantic contexts. I then examine canonical examples of relative clauses from the literature and from corpora in order to hi...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Jesus College
Department:
Humanities Division - Linguistics & Phonetics - Comparative Philology and General Linguistics
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Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
MPhil
Level of award:
Masters
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uuid:1df03c97-7889-46e2-b316-546bed53bc44
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ora:6805

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