2006-02-01Konferenzveröffentlichung DOI: 10.18452/13421
Focus expressions in Foodo
Philosophische Fakultät II
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 [...] 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 [...]. It will be shown that the two focus markers can be analyzed as having developed out of the homophone conjunction n[...] and that the constraints on the use of the focus markers can be best explained by this fact.
A first version of this paper was presented at the 17th Deutscher Afrikanistentag, München Feb. 2006 and at the 25th Conference on West African Languages, Ouidah, Benin, Aug. 2006 http://www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/public