A Grammar of Pévé

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A Grammar of Pévé is the first full description of the Pévé language, a member of the Chadic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Pévé is spoken in parts of the southwestern area of the Republic of Chad and the Northern province of the Republic of Cameroon. The grammar will add to information and analyses concerning Afro-Asiatic languages and will help Pévé speakers preserve their language, history, cultural activities, and intercultural relations. The goal of the volume is to document and preserve the language for the benefit of generations to come and to make characteristics of the language available for further research in linguistics, history, anthropology, sociology and related fields.

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Biographical Note
Erin Shay is Assistant Professor Adjunct at the University of Colorado, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1999. She is the author/co-author of grammars of four Chadic languages and many books and papers concerning linguistic forms and functions.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments List of Tables Abbreviations
1 The Pévé Language  1  Introduction  2  Classification and Nomenclature  3  Existing Works on the Pévé Language  4  Nature and Sources of the Data  5  Notes on the Transcription  6  Outline of the Grammar  3  Conclusion
2 Phonology  1  Introduction  2  Consonants  3  Vowels  4  Phonotactics  5  Tone  6  Conclusion
3 Parsing Morphology  1  Introduction  2  Existing Approaches  3  Distribution of Phrase-Final Forms  4  Function of Final Vowel Addition  5  Conclusion
4 Verbs  1  Introduction  2  Phonological Structure of the Verb  3  Morphology  4  Derivation  5  Singular vs. Plural Verbs  6  Conclusion
5 Nouns and the Noun Phrase  1  Introduction  2  Phonological Structure of the Noun  3  Number  4  Noun Phrase  5  Prenominal Modifiers  6  Post-nominal Modifiers  7  Conjoined Noun Phrase  8  Proper Names  9  Derived Nouns  10  Conclusion
6 Coding Grammatical Relations  1  Introduction  2  Subject  3  Direct Object Function  4  Indirect Object  5  Summary of the Coding of Grammatical Roles  6  Conclusion
7 Coding Semantic Relations  1  Introduction  2  Semantic Role of the Subject  3  Semantic Role of the Direct Object  4  Semantic Role of the Indirect Object  5  Source  6  Reciprocal  7  Coreferentiality of Subject and Object  8  Conclusion
8 Tense and Aspect  1  Introduction  2  Future Tense  3  Aspect  4  Conclusion
9 Mood and Modality  1  Introduction  2  Subjunctive Mood  3  Epistemic Mood  4  Conclusion
10 Locative Expressions and Locative Predications  1  Introduction  2  Locative Predication in Pévé  3  Semantic Functions of Inherently Locative Predicates  4  Locative Serial Verb Constructions  5  Spatial Prepositions and Specifiers  6  Conclusion
11 Verbless and Copular Predications  1  Introduction  2  Identificational Predication  3  Equational Predication  4  Attributive Predication  5  Possessive Predication  6  Conclusion
12 System of Reference  1  Introduction  2  First Mention: Bare Noun Phrase  3  Deducible Reference Markers: , and kunə  4  Reference to an Unspecified Entity  5  Anaphoric Reference  6  Deictic Reference  7  Conclusion
13 Interrogatives  1  Introduction  2  Polar Questions  3  Content Questions  4  Conclusion
14 Negation  1  Introduction  2  Indicative Clauses  3  Scope of Negation  4  Conclusion
15 Topicalization and Focus  1  Introduction  2  Topicalization  3  Focus  4  Conclusion
16 Conjoined Clauses  1  Introduction  2  Conjunction ɓay  3  Counterexpectation  4  Conclusion
17 Relative Clauses  1  Introduction  2  Subject Head  3  Object Head  4  Adjunct Head  5  Deictic Relative Clauses  6  Conclusion
18 Conditional and Temporal Constructions  1  Introduction  2  Conditional Constructions  3  Temporal Constructions  4  Conclusion
19 Complementation  1  Introduction  2  Verbs of Saying  3  Verbs of Perception  4  Verbs of Cognition  5  Volitional Verb wàʔ  6  Ability Verb gàk ‘Can, Be Able’  7  Counterfactual Matrix Clause  8  Complements of Other Verbs  9  Conclusion
20 Comparative Constructions  1  Introduction  2  Equal Comparison  3  Unequal Comparison  4  Conclusion
21 Adjunct Phrases and Clauses  1  Introduction  2  Temporal Adjuncts  3  Associative and Instrumental Adjuncts  4  Manner Adjuncts  5  Intensity, Repetition, and Recurrence  6  Purpose Clauses  7  Reason Clauses  8  Positive Adjunct  9  Conclusion
22 Sample Texts  1  Monitor Lizard and Guinea Fowl  2  Bus Trip: Lazare Wambadang
Appendix 1: A Compilation of Tables Appendix 2: A Summary of Morphological Forms and Functions Pévé-English Lexicon English-Pévé Lexicon References Index
Readership
Students and professional linguists focusing on comparative, typological, and diachronic linguistics; Pévé speakers who wish to preserve their language and culture.
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