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Cleft constructions and focus in Kirundi

(2016) AFRICANA LINGUISTICA . 22. p.71-106
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Abstract
The present article addresses the rich and complex morphosyntax of cleft constructions in Kirundi (Bantu, JD62) and the role they play in its information structure. Although clefts are one of the main focus marking devices in this and other Bantu languages (Demuth 1984; Demuth 1987b; Suzman 1991), especially in conversation, they have received little attention. Some Burundian grammarians took a certain interest in Kirundi clefting (Sabimana 1986: 189-222; Bukuru 2003: 295), but only in a subsidiary way, for instance as part of interrogative strategies. No systematic and thorough study on the matter exists. This study aims at filling this gap by means of a detailed analysis of Kirundi cleft constructions based on a text corpus of 196,000 oral and 2,033,000 written tokens.
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cleft constructions, focalization, Bantu, focus, information structure, Kirundi

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Lafkioui, Mena, Ernest Nshemezimana, and Koen Bostoen. 2016. “Cleft Constructions and Focus in Kirundi.” Africana Linguistica  22: 71–106.
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Lafkioui, M., Nshemezimana, E., & Bostoen, K. (2016). Cleft constructions and focus in Kirundi. AFRICANA LINGUISTICA  , 22, 71–106.
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Lafkioui M, Nshemezimana E, Bostoen K. Cleft constructions and focus in Kirundi. AFRICANA LINGUISTICA  . 2016;22:71–106.
MLA
Lafkioui, Mena, Ernest Nshemezimana, and Koen Bostoen. “Cleft Constructions and Focus in Kirundi.” AFRICANA LINGUISTICA  22 (2016): 71–106. Print.
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  abstract     = {The present article addresses the rich and complex morphosyntax of cleft constructions in
Kirundi (Bantu, JD62) and the role they play in its information structure. Although clefts are
one of the main focus marking devices in this and other Bantu languages (Demuth 1984;
Demuth 1987b; Suzman 1991), especially in conversation, they have received little attention.
Some Burundian grammarians took a certain interest in Kirundi clefting (Sabimana 1986:
189-222; Bukuru 2003: 295), but only in a subsidiary way, for instance as part of interrogative
strategies. No systematic and thorough study on the matter exists. This study aims at filling
this gap by means of a detailed analysis of Kirundi cleft constructions based on a text corpus
of 196,000 oral and 2,033,000 written tokens.},
  author       = {Lafkioui, Mena and Nshemezimana, Ernest and Bostoen, Koen},
  issn         = {0065-4124},
  journal      = {AFRICANA LINGUISTICA                                       },
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {71--106},
  title        = {Cleft constructions and focus in Kirundi},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2016},
}

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