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African Languages and Syntactic Theory: Impacts and Directions
Brent Henderson
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This paper offers an assessment of the impacts African languages have had on modern syntactic theory and offers suggestions for current and future work on these language. It is argued that the greatest impact has been in the area of grammatical relations, where Bantu languages provided some of the strongest arguments for weakening lexicalist approaches to morpho-syntax. It is also suggested that current and future work on Bantu agreement systems as well as comparative approaches to syntactic study have the greatest potential for African languages to deepen their impact on syntactic theory.

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Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages and Linguistics Today
edited by Eyamba G. Bokamba, Ryan K. Shosted, and Bezza Tesfaw Ayalew
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