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The locative-applicative in Eleme

Bond, O (2009) The locative-applicative in Eleme Transactions of the Philological Society, 107 (1). pp. 1-30.

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The Eleme locative-applicative =rũ is a non-canonical applicative that demonstrates morphosyntactic properties commonly associated with clitics. It is employed in one of two functions: (i) to indicate an increase in the transitivity of a clause and (typically) to introduce an otherwise oblique function as a core argument of a base verb, or (ii) to indicate the presence of an atypical verbal complement. It is usually found in constructions containing a verb stem that expresses location, directed motion or transfer, but also functions as an obligatory component of the Eleme progressive construction. While locative and comitative expressions are common source-constructions for progressives in Niger-Congo languages, Eleme is apparently unique within the literature in that it includes an applicative with comitative function that must be enclitic to a verb of location to express progressive aspect.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Bond, O
Date : 16 March 2009
DOI : 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2009.01213.x
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Bond O (2009) The locative-applicative in Eleme Transactions of the Philological Society 107(1):1-30 16, which has been published in final form at
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Date Deposited : 03 Jun 2014 09:58
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:57

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