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dc.contributor.authorMwinlaaru, INen_US
dc.contributor.authorYap, FHen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-28T01:50:25Z-
dc.date.available2018-03-28T01:50:25Z-
dc.date.issued2017-11-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage sciences, Nov. 2017, v. 64, p. 130-151en_US
dc.identifier.issn0388-0001en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10397/73178-
dc.description.abstractFor the past half century, the versatile nature of demonstratives across languages has increasingly attracted attention in language typology. The present study contributes to this research agenda by examining the grammaticalisation pathways of two distal demonstratives in the Lobr dialect of Dagaare (Niger-Congo: Gur), namely, n epsilon, an adnominal demonstrative, and le, a pronominal demonstrative. The analysis reveals that the adnominal demonstrative n epsilon first got reanalysed as an identifying copula verb and, subsequently fused with third person pronouns, u and a, to derive identifying pronouns, no and na respectively. Further, the identifying pronouns nu and na fused with the attributive copula t to derive the focus particle nt. The identifying pronoun na has also been reanalysed into an affirmative final particle. On the other hand, the pronominal demonstrative le first developed into a scalar demonstrative determiner and then into an intensifier. Subsequently, the scalar demonstrative determiner evolved into a copula, which fused with third person pronouns u, a and be to derive the emphatic counterparts of these pronouns, comprising vl epsilon, al epsilon and b epsilon l epsilon respectively. These are further cliticised and have evolved into adnominal demonstratives and then postnominal focus particles. These grammaticalisation trajectories contribute to a finer-grained and richer account of the diachrony and typology of demonstratives, including the substantivizing role of morpho-phonemic fusion on the development of grammaticalisation chains.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherPergamon Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage sciencesen_US
dc.subjectDagaareen_US
dc.subjectDemonstrativesen_US
dc.subjectCopulasen_US
dc.subjectFocus markersen_US
dc.subjectGrammaticalisationen_US
dc.subjectUnidirectionalityen_US
dc.titleA tale of two distal demonstratives in Dagaare : reflections on directionality principles in grammaticalisationen_US
dc.typeJournal/Magazine Articleen_US
dc.identifier.spage130en_US
dc.identifier.epage151en_US
dc.identifier.volume64en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.langsci.2017.07.005en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000412960800007-
dc.identifier.scopus2-s2.0-85027675808-
dc.identifier.ros2017000018-
dc.source.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.rosgroupid2017000018-
dc.description.ros2017-2018 > Academic research: refereed > Publication in refereed journal-
dc.description.validate201803 bcrcen_US
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