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Question Formation in the Karonga Dialect of Tumbuka
Wendell A. Kimper
75-79 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper discusses several interesting aspects of question formation in Tumbuka, a Bantu language spoken in Malawi. In Tumbuka only subjects can be Wh-moved or extracted, and their landing site may precede or follow the clause, while objects and adjuncts remain in situ. Multiple Wh-words are prohibited in the same clause, and relative complementizers play a role in questions formed with cleft constructions.

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Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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