Syntactic and prosodic aspects of left and right dislocation in Embɔsi (Bantu C25)

  • This paper deals with left and right dislocation in Embɔsi, a Bantu language (C25) spoken in Congo-Brazzaville. The prosody of dislocation has gathered considerable attention, as it is particularly informative for the theories of the syntax-prosody mapping of Intonation Phrases (a.o. Selkirk, 2009, 2011; Downing, 2011). Concentrating on selected Bantu languages, Downing (2011) identifies two main phrasing patterns. She primarily distinguishes languages in which only right dislocated phrases display a lack of prosodic integration ("asymmetric" languages), from languages in which both left and right dislocations phrase separately ("symmetric" languages). Hiatus avoidance processes, boundary tones and register expansion/reduction indicate that Embɔsi displays a somewhat more intricate phrasing pattern. In this language, both left and right dislocated items sit outside of the Intonation Phrase formed by the core-clause, but only the latter form their own Intonation Phrase. We also discuss the prosody of multiple dislocations (i.e. with two dislocated arguments), which have not so far received all the attention they deserve. What we observe in Embɔsi is that either the two dislocated items phrase together and are not integrated to the core Intonation Phrase, or only the outermost dislocated element phrases separately.

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Author:Georges Martial Embanga Aborobongui, Fatima Hamlaoui, Annie Rialland
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the Workshop BantuSynPhonIS : Preverbal Domain(s), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin; ZASPil Vol. 57, S. 26-48
Publisher:Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2014
Year of first Publication:2014
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/12/31
GND Keyword:Mboshi-Sprache; Syntax; Intonation <Linguistik>
Page Number:23
First Page:26
Last Page:48
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:ZAS papers in linguistics : ZASPiL / ZASPiL 57 = Proceedings of the Workshop BantuSynPhonIS : Preverbal Domain(s)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht