Theory and description in African Linguistics
Kambon, Ọ., Duah, R., & Appah, C.
(In press, 2018). Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan: The Question of Intervening Elements. In E. Clem, P. Jenks, & H. Sande (Eds.), Proceedings of ACAL 47. Berlin: Language Sciences Press.
Publication year: 2018

Kambon, Ọ., Duah, R., & Appah, C. (In press, 2018). Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan: The Question of Intervening Elements. In E. Clem, P. Jenks, & H. Sande (Eds.), Proceedings of ACAL 47. Berlin: Language Sciences Press.

ABSTRACT: In this paper, we hope to disambiguate the nature of look-alike intervening elements that appear between verbs in Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) and Serial Verb Construction Nominalizations (SVCNs). To do so, we will first show that these intervening elements share the same phonological form. We will then show that although the intervening elements look the same on the surface, they can be differentiated by appealing to semantics and the construction from which the SVCN is derived. In doing so, we find that some of the intervening elements should, indeed, be regarded as tamp markers, while others are nominalizing markers (nmlz). In conclusion, we identify abstract schemata/templates that account for, and predict the positioning of, intervening elements found in Akan SVCNs.

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