Topics in Kwa Syntax

  • Enoch O. Aboh
  • James Essegbey

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Enoch O. Aboh, James Essegbey
    Pages 1-9
  3. Enoch O. Aboh
    Pages 11-37
  4. Enoch O. Aboh, James Essegbey
    Pages 39-64
  5. Kofi K. Saah
    Pages 91-107
  6. Enoch O. Aboh
    Pages 109-139
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-237

About this book


Edited by two leading experts on the languages of West Africa, this volume is the very first book to handle a range of topics in the syntax of Kwa, a branch of the Niger-Congo language family spoken by approximately 20 million people in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin and in the extreme southwestern corner of Nigeria. Kwa includes a total of 45 related languages. The nine chapters each address a separate grammatical aspect of Kwa. These range from topics such as the verb phrase, argument structure, verb serialization and complex predicates, to discussions on tense, mood, and aspect and their relation to the structure of sentences. Also addressed are the structure of the noun phrase and the syntax of discourse particles.

The studies in this volume demonstrate that Kwa languages offer a very rich empirical domain for linguistic theorizing. In this book, experts who are mostly native speakers present empirical data and show its theoretical relevance to comparative linguistics and comparative syntax. The book brings together a wealth of material and fresh insights and is a superb example of how empirical research feeds into typological and theoretical linguistics. As such, it is a gold mine to students and teachers of comparative syntax, as well as for anyone interested in studies on Niger Congo languages.


Index Negation Syntax Verb aspect comparative morpho-syntax present relative clauses subject verb phrase

Editors and affiliations

  • Enoch O. Aboh
    • 1
  • James Essegbey
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. HumanitiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.Dept. African & Asian Languages &University of FloridaGainesvilleU.S.A.

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