2007-01-01Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/13397
Focus Expressions in Foodo
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philosophische Fakultät III
This paper aims at presenting different ways of expressing focus in Foodo, a Guang language. We can differentiate between marked and unmarked focus strategies. The marked focus expressions are first syntactically characterized: the focused constituent is in sentence-initial position and is second always marked obligatorily by a focus marker, which is ni for non-subjects and N for subjects. Complementary to these structures, Foodo knows an elliptic form consisting of the focused constituent and a predication marker gé. It will be shown that the two focus markers can be analyzed as having developed out of the homophone conjunction ni and that the constraints on the use of the focus markers can be best explained by this fact.
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