In the Kewe dialect of Kabiye (a Gur language spoken in Togo), in order to focus a verb, a copy of the verb (in the infinitive) may be placed at the end of the verb phrase, following the particle kí. In this paper we give a description of the syntactic properties of verb focus. Our proposal is that verb focus involves copying the verb and moving it into the specifier of a clause internal focus projection (FOCP) immediately dominating the verb phrase (VP).
Selected Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
edited by Doris L. Payne and Jaime Peña
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