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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory$
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Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001

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Morphosyntactic parameters and the internal classification of Benue‐Kwa (Niger‐Congo) *

Morphosyntactic parameters and the internal classification of Benue‐Kwa (Niger‐Congo) *

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(p.329) 19 Morphosyntactic parameters and the internal classification of Benue‐Kwa (Niger‐Congo)*
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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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Victor Manfredi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0019

Niger‐Congo's Kwa and Benue‐Congo zones, jointly covering most of tropical Africa, run between isolating and agglutinative types. Historical phonology finds few innovations above the local cluster, but assuming the phase theory of generative syntax, a clear division emerges based on the timing (early/VP vs late/TP) of PF‐Spell‐Out.

Keywords:   Niger‐Congo, Benue‐Kwa, phase‐based Spell‐Out, prosodic inflection, serial verbs

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