Locatives in Shona and Luganda
Pavel Caha, Marina Pantcheva
November 2018
 

On a general level, this paper is concerned by the categorisation of expressions in natural languages. We approach this question with a relatively new tool in hand: phrasal spell-out. The basic idea is this: if phrasal spell-out exists, a single item may correspond to several terminals, where each terminal has a distinct label. As a consequence, the approach predicts the existence of expressions whose behaviour corresponds to a mixture of prototypical categorial properties. This paper applies this relatively new analytical option to locative markers in Shona and Luganda. These markers are notorious for exhibiting behaviour that is hard to capture by traditional means, and have been used as evidence against the universal status of the category P.
Format: [ pdf ]
Reference: lingbuzz/002220
(please use that when you cite this article)
keywords: locative noun class, adpositions, locative nouns, nanosyntax, morphology, syntax
previous versions: v2 [February 2016]
v1 [September 2014]
Downloaded:3404 times

 

[ edit this article | back to article list ]