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by Melanie Green


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This book investigates the morphosyntax, semantics and discourse properties of focus and wh-constructions in Hausa, and introduces readers to aspects of the syntax of a major world language unfamiliar to most linguists.


  • Represents the first detailed and comprehensive exposition of focus related constructions in Hausa from the perspective of a major contemporary theoretical framework
  • Explores aspects of the syntax of focus in Hausa which have only recently begun to be described
  • Authoritative and up-to-date, detailing recent developments in the theory, and reviewing and evaluating a number of current approaches to the syntax of focus constructions and non-verbal copular clauses
  • Contains comparative data from related Chadic/Afroasiatic languages
  • Serves to introduce readers to aspects of the syntax of a major world language unfamiliar to most linguists.

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Providing an up to date and meticulous account of the morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics of focus and copular constructions in Hausa, this volume represents the first detailed and comprehensive exposition of focus related constructions in Hausa from the perspective of a major contemporary theoretical framework. Containing comparative data from related Chadic/Afroasiatic languages, this study introduces readers to aspects of the syntax of a major world language unfamiliar to most linguists. In addition to a descriptive overview of the language and a detailed description of information structure in Hausa, this book provides a theoretically oriented syntactic analysis of these constructions from a current generative perspective.

Broadly accessible for the linguistics community, the material in this book is relevant not only to researchers interested in the typology of focus constructions and non-verbal clauses, but also to those interested in generative syntax.

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  • Title Focus in Hausa
  • Author Melanie Green
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Pages 312
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford
  • Date March 1, 2007
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Bibliography, Illustrated, Index
  • ISBN 9781405156264 / 1405156260
  • Library of Congress subjects Hausa language - Syntax
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2006032065
  • Dewey Decimal Code 493.725

About the author

Melanie Green is Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Sussex. She studied both Hausa and linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and specialises in syntactic theory and the syntax of Hausa and related Chadic and Afroasiatic languages. Her current research interests include typological and comparative work, particularly in relation to the syntax of focus and related constructions. She is co-author of Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction (2006) with her colleague Vyvyan Evans.
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