Title

Adjectival agreement vs. adverbial inflection in Balanta

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2004

Abstract

Adjectives modifying singular human nouns in the Ganja dialect of Balanta bear one of two prefixes: u- and a-. It is argued that these prefixes represent two different types of inflection, agreement (u-) and adverbial marking (a-). Alternative analyses based on stage-level vs. individual-level interpretations of adjectives and the individual-event distinction are shown to be insufficient. Finally, the set of adjectival agreement prefixes occurring in other Balanta dialects is considered, and a diachronic explanation based on Kuryłowicz's laws of analogical change and Lass' theory of linguistic exaptation is proposed [J Linguistics 26 (1990) 79-102]. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication Name

Lingua

Volume Number

114

First Page

105

Last Page

123

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1016/S0024-3841(03)00020-2

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