Fact-type complements in Gbe and the Surinamese Creoles

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Title: Fact-type complements in Gbe and the Surinamese Creoles
Authors: Migge, Bettina
Winford, Donald
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5837
Date: May-2013
Online since: 2014-08-29T13:30:41Z
Abstract: Although several researchers have suggested that fact-type complementation in the Surinamese Creoles is modeled on that of their main input languages, the Gbe languages, we still lack precise information on the extent of the similarities and differences. In this paper we provide a broad comparison of fact-type complementation in these two language groups and suggest an explanation for the similarities we find. We explore the syntax and semantics of the complementizers used in both language groups, the kinds of complement-taking predicator (CTP) that select these complements and their syntax and semantics. The analysis reveals close structural and functional similarities between the two language groups suggesting that fact-type complementation in the Surinamese Creoles was largely modeled on that of Gbe.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Lingua
Volume: 129
Issue: May 2013
Start page: 9
End page: 31
Copyright (published version): 2012 Elsevier
Keywords: ComplementationSubstrate influenceFact-type complementsQuotativeGrammaticalization
DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2012.03.006
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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