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Africa's Endangered LanguagesDocumentary and Theoretical Approaches$
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Jason Kandybowicz and Harold Torrence

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190256340.001.0001

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The Linker in the Khoisan Languages

The Linker in the Khoisan Languages

(p.237) 11 The Linker in the Khoisan Languages
Africa's Endangered Languages

Chris Collins

Oxford University Press

The linker introduces (“links”) a variety of expressions into the verb phrase: locatives, the second object of a double object construction and a causative, instruments, subject matter arguments, and adverbs. It is present in all non-central Khoisan languages (e.g., ǂHoã, Nǀuu, Juǀ’hoan, ǃXoõ and ǀXam). The linker is also found outside of Khoisan in African languages such as Yoruba, Baoule, and Kinande. This chapter summarizes the basic properties of the linker in Khoisan.

Keywords:   Khoisan, linker, ǂHoã, Juǀ’hoan, Nǀuu, ǃXóõ, ǀXam

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