A Sketch Grammar of the Nchane Language

Date:
2010
Publisher:
SIL
Publisher Place:
Yaounde, Cameroon
Extent:
iv, 38 pages
Description:
Nchane is a language spoken in the Misaje-Subdivision, Donga-Mantung Division, North West Region of Cameroon, West Africa. Dieu and Renaud (1983) in the Atlas Linquistique du Cameroun (ALCAM) list the language as: Ncane [873]. The Ethnologue (Gordon 2005) lists the following as language name variations: Ncane, Nchanti, Ntshanti, Cane (ISO 639-3 language code: ncr).
Publication Status:
Published
Table of Contents:
Abbreviations ............................................................... iv 1 Introduction ...................1 1.1 Name of the language ........................................1 1.2 Genetic affiliation ..............................................1 1.3 Sociolinguistic situation.....................................1 1.3.1 Demography.......................................................1 1.3.2 Viability..............................................................1 1.3.3 Language attitudes .............................................1 1.3.4 Multilingualism..................................................1 1.4 Corpus and nature of the research.....................2 2 Nouns and noun phrases ...................3 2.1 Types of nouns and their structures ..................3 2.1.1 Proper names .....................................................3 2.1.2 Derived nouns ....................................................4 2.1.3 Compound nouns ...............................................4 2.2 Functions of noun morphology..........................5 2.2.1 Derivational morphology on noun roots ...........5 2.2.2 Noun classes and genders ..................................6 2.2.3 Gender system....................................................8 2.3 The structure of the noun phrase ......................9 2.4 Elements in the noun phrase ...........................11 2.4.1 Possessives........................................................11 2.4.2 Demonstratives.................................................12 2.4.3 Numerals ..........................................................14 2.4.4 Quantifiers........................................................16 2.4.5 Adjectives .........................................................18 2.4.6 Relative clauses................................................18 3 Verbs and Verb Phrases .................19 3.1 Verbs and their structures................................19 3.2 Functions of verb morphology.........................19 3.2.1 Derivational morphology.................................19 3.2.2 Tense and aspect morphology .........................20 3.3 The structure of the verb phrase .....................223.4 Elements in the verb phrase ............................23 3.4.1 Verbal particles ................................................23 3.4.2 Verb phrase level negation ..............................25 3.4.3 Adverbs ............................................................27 3.4.4 Complements....................................................27 3.4.5 Valence changing operations...........................28 4 Clauses .................29 4.1 Basic clause types and their structures............29 4.1.1 Declarative clauses...........................................29 4.1.2 Predicate adjectives .........................................29 4.1.3 Imperative clauses............................................30 4.1.4 Interrogative Clauses .......................................30 4.2 Functions of elements in the clause.................33 4.2.1 Grammatical relations......................................33 4.2.2 Adverbial elements ..........................................34 4.2.3 Clause level particles .......................................35 5 Conclusion .................37
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Cameroon
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Entry Number:
43200