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Clause chaining in Bambara

Abstract : Bambara (Manding < West Mande < Mande < Niger-Congo) has a specialized clause chaining (cosubordinative) construction where the fi rst clause has a verb full-fl edged for TAM and polarity, and verbs of subsequent clauses are in infi nitive; non-initial clauses are not embedded into the initial one and cannot be therefore regarded as subordinate. Characteristics of the Bambara clause chaining are analyzed: scope of operators (illocutionary force, negation), TAM characteristics, same-and different-subjectness. From the evidence of peripheral Manding varieties, a hypothesis concerning the origin of infi nitive from an archaic preposition is advanced.
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Valentin Vydrin. Clause chaining in Bambara. West African languages: Linguistic theory and communication, University of Warsaw Press, pp.79-98, 2020, ⟨10.31338/uw.9788323546313⟩. ⟨halshs-03132129⟩

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