Grammar

An unattested person alignment u̱t‑Maꞌin with possible logophoric function

This study examines the distribution of Reported Speaker and Reported Addressee pronouns in a corpus of u̱t‑Maꞌin narrative spoken texts to understand what motivates the shift in pronouns between 2SG and 3SG for Reported Addressees.

Exploring the logophoric continuum

On logophoric phenomena across West Africa, including grammatical marking of both reported speaker and reported addressee, how logophoric forms fit into language systems, and extensions of logophoric forms to related functions.

Clause final negation and double negation in Northwest Kainji

Using morphosyntax as a diagnostic tool for untangling the varied negative marking in Northwest Kainji.

Marked nominative alignment from reanalyzed relative clauses: Towards an explanation of prefixes and suffixes in Northwest Kainji argument marking

In this study I argue that the innovative suffix-marked nominative form is the result of reanalyzing a relative clause structure as main clause syntax. These clauses function are syntactically independent, and yet are somehow discourse dependent with limited occurrence in narrative texts.

Ubiquitous Association in u̱t‑Maꞌin

The u̱t‑Maꞌin associative morpheme is in widespread use across different four distinct syntactic constructions. Understanding these diverse uses of the associative and the accompanying agreement marking is crucial to understanding the grammar of the language.

Discourse reporting in African storytelling

Exploring grammatical patterns used for quotations in narrative texts.

u̱t-Maꞌin predication

Exploring the morphosyntax of verbal and nonverbal predication, negation, and the extensive use of nominalization.

Discourse function of marked and unmarked verbs in u̱t‑Maꞌin narrative

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u̱t-Maꞌin Pear Film research

A parallel corpus of Pear Film retellings from 9 speakers, across 3 u̱t‑Maꞌin varieties.

u̱t-Maꞌin verb research

This project focused on answering the question: “What is the distribution of verb forms in narrative discourse?”