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Author Heath, Jeffrey.

Title A grammar of Jamsay / by Jeffrey Heath
Published Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 735 pages)
Series Mouton grammar library ; 45
Mouton grammar library ; 45
Contents Frontmatter; Contents; 1 Introduction; 2 Sketch; 3 Phonology; 4 Nominal, pronominal, and adjectival morphology; 5 Nominal and adjectival compounds; 6 Noun phrase structure; 7 Coordination; 8 Postpositions and adverbials; 9 Verbal derivation; 10 Verbal inflection; 11 VP and predicate structure; 12 Comparatives; 13 Focalization and interrogation; 14 Relativization; 15 Verb (VP) chaining and adverbial clauses; 16 Conditional constructions; 17 Complement and purposive clauses; 18 Anaphora; 19 Grammatical pragmatics; 20 Dialects; Backmatter
Summary Jamsay is the largest-population language among some twenty Dogon languages in Mali, West Africa. This is the first comprehensive grammar of any Dogon language, including a full tonology. The language is verb-final, with subject agreement on the verb and with no other case-marking. Its most striking feature is the morphosyntactically triggered use of stem-wide tone-contour overlays on nouns, verbs, and adjectives. All stems have a lexical tone contour such as H[igh], L[ow]-H, HL, or LHL with at least one H-tone. An exam of tone overlay is tone-dropping to stem-wide all-L. This is used for Perf
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 721-727) and index
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Subject Jamsay dialect -- Grammar.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1282196790
3110207222 (electronic bk.)
9783110207224 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)