This book grew out of Dagaare field methods courses at the University of Trondheim, Norway and at Stanford University. The monograph covers basic aspects of the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of Dagaare, such as vowel harmony, tone, the noun class system, serial verbs and other complex constructions. Some sociolinguistic information about this northern Ghanaian language is also included. It is one of the first monographs on the language by a native speaker.
Preface; Introduction; 1. The vocalic and consonantal systems; 2. Suprasegmental phonology; 3. Phonological processes: vowel harmony; 4. The Dagaare syllable: types and structure; 5. An orthography for Dagaare; 6. Word-order parameter and Dagaare syntax; 7. Syntax of the Dagaare nominal phrase; 8. Morphology of the Dagaare noun; 9. The pronominal system of Dagaare; 10. Nominal processes in Dagaare; 11. Structure of the verb phrase; 12. The preverbal particles; 13. The main verb; 14. The post-verbal particle; 15. Adverbs and adjuncts; 16. Double object constructions; 17. Complex constructions: SVCs; 18. Complex constructions SVNs; 19. Complex constructions: coordination; 20. Other syntactic alternations; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
'Adams Bodomo's text on the Dagaare language will be an invaluable resource not only to Africanists, but to all those who are aware that African languages have fundamentally altered conventional conceptions of linguistic theory.' Joan Bresnan, Stanford University
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