A Sketch Grammar of the Kemezung Language

Date:
2010
Publisher:
SIL
Publisher Place:
Yaounde, Cameroon
Sponsored By:
Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation
Extent:
i-iv; 47 pages
Description:
The current paper is an effort to describe the basics of Kemezung grammar, particularly from a descriptive viewpoint. Data for the research comes primarily from a number of Kemezung texts of various genres, as well as from elicited sentences and words, collected over a period of six years, from 2004 to 2010. During this time the author spent two plus years living in the village of Dumbu, and also made regular trips to Dumbu while living one year in the nearby town of Misaje. The texts and other language data were collected with the help of several language consultants, most notably Kitati John Gamboh and Ngwa Robert Njajo.
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 ...10, 2.4.1 :Possessives ... 10, 2.4.2 :Associative noun phrases ... 11, 2.4.3 :Demonstratives ... 12, 2.4.4:Numerals .....14, 2.4.5:Quantifiers .....17, 2.4.6:Adjectives ......18, 2.4.7:Relative clauses .....19, 2.4.8:Personal pronouns ....20, 3:Verbs and Verb Phrases ..... 22 3.1:Verbs and their structures .....22, 3.2:Functions of verb morphology .....22, 3.2.1:Tense and aspect morphology ....22, 3.3:The structure of the verb phrase ....25, 3.4:Elements in the verb phrase ....25, 3.4.1 :Verbal particles ......25, 3.4.2 :Verb phrase level negation ....3, 3.4.3:Adverbs ....35, 3.4.4:Complements... 35, 3.4.5:Valence changing operations .....36, 4:Clauses ................. 38 4.1:General clause structure…38, 4.2:Basic clause types and their structures ... 38, 4.2.1:Declarative clauses .... 38, 4.2.2:Imperative clauses .... 38, 4.2.3:Interrogative Clauses .... 39, 4.3:Functions of elements in the clause ....42, 4.3.1:Grammatical relations ...42, 4.3.2:Adverbial elements ... 43, 4.3.3:Clause level particles ..... 44, 5 Conclusion ................. 46 6 References ………….. 47
Country:
Cameroon
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Entry Number:
51414