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By Claire Halpert

The strikingly unrestricted syntactic distribution of nouns in lots of Bantu languages usually results in proposals that syntactic case doesn't play an energetic function within the grammar of Bantu. This booklet bargains a unique end that the root of Zulu that Bantu languages haven't just a method of structural case, but additionally a fancy procedure of morphological case that's similar to structures present in languages like Icelandic. via evaluating the approach of argument licensing present in Zulu to these present in extra established languages, Halpert introduces a few insights onto the association of the grammar.

First, whereas this publication argues in want of a case-licensing research of Zulu, it locates the positions the place case is assigned decrease within the clause than what's present in nominative-accusative languages. additionally, Zulu indicates proof that case and contract are targeted operations within the language, positioned on diversified heads and working independently of one another. regardless of those unfamiliarities, there's proof that the timing relationships among operations reflect these present in different languages. moment, this ebook proposes a singular kind of morphological case that serves to masks many structural licensing results in Zulu; the consequences of this situation are surprising, Halpert argues that its life is anticipated given the present typological photo of case. eventually, this ebook explores the results of case and contract as dissociated operations, exhibiting that given this case, different strange houses of Bantu languages, akin to hyper-raising, are a usual consequence. This exploration yields the belief that a few of the more odd houses of Bantu languages in reality end result from small quantities of version to deeply typical syntactic rules similar to case, contract, and the EPP.

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