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Negation in Dangme
Regina Oforiwah Caesar
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This paper presents a descriptive analysis of negation in Dangme, a language that belongs to the Kwa group of the Niger-Congo family of languages. It considers the negative morpheme in Dangme, and how some of its allomorphs are used in the language. The segmental variants of the negative morpheme in Dangme are [wē], [bé], [-í], or [´]. The choice of a negative morpheme in Dangme depends largely on tone and the shape of the verb. Data for this paper was collected mainly from Dangme students of the University of Education, Winneba, and, as a native speaker, the author also provided some of the data for this study. The purpose of this paper is to examine these allomorphs of the negative in Dangme.

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Selected Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Contact
edited by Bruce Connell and Nicholas Rolle
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