Les relatives possessives en mbochi (C25)

  • This paper deals with the possessive constructions — either connective or relative — in Mbochi (C25), a Bantu language spoken in Congo-Brazzaville. In Mbochi, as in most languages of the same group (C20), the underlying /CV-/ form of nominal prefixes never surfaces as such but is targeted by two main processes: consonantal dissimilation and vowel elision. Both processes are in complementary distribution and the alternations triggered by them may explain the surface forms of both connective and relative constructions. In order to provide the necessary background for the study of Mbochi relative clauses, the three subject markers of Mbochi are introduced and the main verbal suffixes are also discussed. Thereafter, a detailed presentation and analysis of the relative constructions is given. Finally, we discuss the prosody of these constructions, showing that relative clauses in Mbochi have no particular tonal markers and we propose a model involving superimposed boundary tones to account for their intonation.

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Author:Jean-Marc Beltzung, Annie Rialland, Martial Embanga Aborobongui
Parent Title (English):Papers from the Workshop on Bantu Relative Clauses : [held in Paris on 8 - 9 January 2010] / Laura Downing, ... (eds.), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin; ZASPil Vol. 53, S. 7-25
Publisher:Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2010
Year of first Publication:2010
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/11/14
GND Keyword:Relativsatz; Possessivkonstruktion; Mboshi-Sprache
Page Number:25
First Page:7
Last Page:31
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:ZAS papers in linguistics : ZASPiL / ZASPiL 53 = Papers from the Workshop on Bantu Relative Clauses
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht