This paper deals with the morphosyntactic properties of forms which have simply been mentioned as auxiliaries in the literature on Amharic morphosyntax. There has been no exhaustive description about their internal structure and interaction with other functional categories. The paper provides a detailed description of them and also shows their interaction with such other categories as tense, aspect and agreement, and the effect this has on the derivation of clause structures. Furthermore, it shows the position of Amharic in light of Generative and Typological claims about the layering of functional categories.
Selected Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages and Linguistics in Broad Perspectives
edited by John Mugane, John P. Hutchison, and Dee A. Worman Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-410-2 library binding
v + 283 pages
publication date: 2006
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA