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Categorization of phasal polarity items in Bambara (Mande)

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Dombrowsky-Hahn, Klaudia:
Categorization of phasal polarity items in Bambara (Mande).
In: Pawlak, Nina ; Will, Izabela (ed.): West African languages : Linguistic theory and communication. - Warszawa : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego , 2020 . - pp. 99-126
ISBN 978-83-235-4631-3

Official URL: Volltext

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The phasal polarity (PhP) operators ALREADY, NOT YET, STILL and NO LONGER may have different representation in particular languages. In the Mande language Bambara several items may be distinguished for each PhP expression. This paper discusses their categorization. The review of the most important dictionaries and grammars shows disagreement concerning their categorial status, which I attribute to different criteria on which the categorizations are based. Occurring in clause-final position, most items are assumed to be adverbs or particles. This paper provides a revised categorization of the PhP expressions using van Baar’s (1997) criteria, especially the principles he proposes to distinguish adverbs and particles, It is assumed that the PhP items in Bambara attest different stages of grammaticalization. Some PhP items are adverbs, others are grammaticalized particles; however, showing little formal reduction, they occur in the same form as the elements supposed to be their sources.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Phasal polarity; Adverbs; Particles; Grammaticalization; Bambara; Mande
Subject classification: Afrikanistik
African linguistics
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair African Studies I
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair African Studies I > Chair African Studies I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sommer
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2021 12:47
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 12:47