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On the structure of A-bar constructions in Dagbani: Perspectives of «wh»-questions and fragment answers


Samuel Alhassan Issah

This book provides an account of the structure of A-bar constructions, focusing on wh-questions and fragment answers in Dagbani, a Mabia (Gur) language spoken in Northern Ghana. It demonstrates that Dagbani wh-phrases occur in two distinct positions, ex-situ and in-situ, except for subject wh-phrases, which only occur in the former position. It provides a theoretical analysis of the distribution of the wh-phrases couched within minimalism (Chomsky 1995). Finally, the book gives an account of the structural correlation between wh-questions and their answers with the focus on the syntactic derivation of fragment answers. The author contends that the derivation of fragment answer involves two processes: A-bar movement together with PF-deletion

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Schriften zur Afrikanistik

Research in African Studies


Herausgegeben von / Edited byRainer Vossen und / and Georg Ziegelmeyer

Bd./Vol. 1

Gabriele Sommer: Das Innere eines Ortes sehen. Dokumentation einer Sprachforschung in Botswana. 1999.

Bd./Vol. 2

Sabine Neumann: The Locative Class in Shengologa (Kgalagadi). 1999.

Bd./Vol. 3

Abdourahmane Diallo: Grammaire descriptive du pular du Fuuta Jaloo (Guinée). 2000.

Bd./Vol. 4

Pascal Boyeldieu: La langue bagiro (République Centrafricaine). Systématique, textes et lexique. 2000.

Bd./Vol. 5

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