The locative-applicative in Eleme

Bond, O. 2009, 'The locative-applicative in Eleme' , Transactions Of The Philological Society, 107 (1) , pp. 1-30.

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The Eleme locative-applicative =inline image is a non-canonical applicative that demonstrates morphosyntactic properties commonly associated with clitics. It is employed in one of two functions: (i) to indicate an increase in the transitivity of a clause and (typically) to introduce an otherwise oblique function as a core argument of a base verb, or (ii) to indicate the presence of an atypical verbal complement. It is usually found in constructions containing a verb stem that expresses location, directed motion or transfer, but also functions as an obligatory component of the Eleme progressive construction. While locative and comitative expressions are common source-constructions for progressives in Niger-Congo languages, Eleme is apparently unique within the literature in that it includes an applicative with comitative function that must be enclitic to a verb of location to express progressive aspect.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Journal or Publication Title: Transactions Of The Philological Society
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0079-1636
Depositing User: Dr. Oliver Bond
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 11:41
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:34

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