This paper proposes an analysis of the syntactic distribution of a locative agreement clitic that appears as a verbal suffix in Lubukusu (Bantu). A large variety of empirical contexts are introduced in order to elucidate the syntactic distribution of the locative clitic, and it is established that the locative clitic is an agreement morpheme that may only occur when agreeing with a locative phrase that has a thematic relationship with the predicate. A location-licensing projection LocP is proposed to be an obligatory component of locative-licensing verbs, and its head Loc° is argued to be the locus of the locative agreement that gives rise to the locative clitic.
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 Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-446-1 library binding
viii + 230 pages
publication date: 2011
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA