This paper investigates the syntax of independent and relative clauses in Changana. The analysis shows that subject inversion occurs in impersonal and cleft constructions and that the definiteness feature is a condition for definite and specific D/NPs to undergo movement to topic positions. The analysis of wh-questions demonstrates that Changana can be considered as a wh-in-situ language. In relative clauses, the head noun is usually referred inside the relative clause through a pronominal clitic or a subject prefix, depending on whether it has the role of subject or object. Additionally, the paper shows that the relativized noun is followed by a relative marker, whose morphological form is identical to the demonstrative pronouns. Finally, the study posits that the two sets of relative affixes can be viewed as a reflex of the finiteness and tense encoding in the C/TP domain.
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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