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Event-centrality and the pragmatics-semantics interface in Kikongo: from predication focus to progressive aspect and vice versa

Jasper De Kind (UGent) , Sebastian Dom (UGent) , Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (UGent) and Koen Bostoen (UGent)
(2015) FOLIA LINGUISTICA HISTORICA. 36(1). p.113-163
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KONGOKING (Political centralization, economic integration and language evolution in Central Africa: An interdisciplinary approach to the early history of the Kongo kingdom.)
Abstract
Across Bantu, several polysemic markers expressing progressive aspect and so-called predication focus have been reported (Güldemann 2003; Hyman and Watters 1984). In this article, we examine two such markers in Kikongo (Bantu, H16), i.e. the fronted-infinitive and the locative-infinitive constructions. We provide an in-depth synchronic description of the pragmatic and syntactic behaviour of both verbal constructions and suggest a historical evolution for each of them. We evoke the term ‘event-centrality’ to cover the different uses of both constructions and suggest that the fronted-infinitive construction’s progressive meaning evolved from its use as predication focus marker, and vice versa, that the locative-infinitive construction’s predication focus meaning evolved from its use as a progressive marker.
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locative-infinitive construction, progressive aspect, event-centrality, Bantu, Kikongo, predication focus, fronted-infinitive construction, LANGUAGES

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De Kind, Jasper, Sebastian Dom, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, and Koen Bostoen. 2015. “Event-centrality and the Pragmatics-semantics Interface in Kikongo: From Predication Focus to Progressive Aspect and Vice Versa.” Folia Linguistica Historica 36 (1): 113–163.
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De Kind, J., Dom, S., de Schryver, G.-M., & Bostoen, K. (2015). Event-centrality and the pragmatics-semantics interface in Kikongo: from predication focus to progressive aspect and vice versa. FOLIA LINGUISTICA HISTORICA, 36(1), 113–163.
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De Kind J, Dom S, de Schryver G-M, Bostoen K. Event-centrality and the pragmatics-semantics interface in Kikongo: from predication focus to progressive aspect and vice versa. FOLIA LINGUISTICA HISTORICA. 2015;36(1):113–63.
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De Kind, Jasper, Sebastian Dom, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, et al. “Event-centrality and the Pragmatics-semantics Interface in Kikongo: From Predication Focus to Progressive Aspect and Vice Versa.” FOLIA LINGUISTICA HISTORICA 36.1 (2015): 113–163. Print.
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  abstract     = {Across Bantu, several polysemic markers expressing progressive aspect and so-called predication focus have been reported (G{\"u}ldemann 2003; Hyman and Watters 1984). In this article, we examine two such markers in Kikongo (Bantu, H16), i.e. the fronted-infinitive and the locative-infinitive constructions. We provide an in-depth synchronic description of the pragmatic and syntactic behaviour of both verbal constructions and suggest a historical evolution for each of them. We evoke the term {\textquoteleft}event-centrality{\textquoteright} to cover the different uses of both constructions and suggest that the fronted-infinitive construction{\textquoteright}s progressive meaning evolved from its use as predication focus marker, and vice versa, that the locative-infinitive construction{\textquoteright}s predication focus meaning evolved from its use as a progressive marker.},
  author       = {De Kind, Jasper and Dom, Sebastian and de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice and Bostoen, Koen},
  issn         = {0165-4004},
  journal      = {FOLIA LINGUISTICA HISTORICA},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {113--163},
  title        = {Event-centrality and the pragmatics-semantics interface in Kikongo: from predication focus to progressive aspect and vice versa},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/flih-2015-0005},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2015},
}

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