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Title: The Focus System in Diraytata
Authors: Wondwosen, Tesfaye
Copyright: 2008
Date Added: 25-Sep-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Diraytata employs two strategies to focalize a constituent in a clause. The first strategy has to do with focus marking in simple affirmative declarative sentences. Regarding the constituents that are focalized, three constituent phrases need to be identified, namely subject noun phrase, verb and constituents such as complement or adpositional phrases of adverbial functions. It is the form of the verb that indicates which of the constituents is focalized in a clause. An affirmative declarative perfective predicate appears in three forms, the full, reduced and neutral forms. When the full form of the predicate is used, it is the verb which is focalized. When the reduced form is used, it is the complement phrase which is focalized. Similarly when the neutral form is used, it is the subject noun phrase which is focalized. The second strategy of focus marking is by using the focus marking morpheme pa. The focus marker pa occurs in copulative sentences and relative clauses. In such structures the focus marker morpheme pa occurs following the focalized constituent.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1366
Appears in:ILS Proceedings - The 19th Annual Conference

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