All proceedings
Enter a document #:
Enter search terms:

Info for readers Info for authors Info for editors Info for libraries Order form Shopping cart

Bookmark and Share Paper 2734

On the Categorial Status of Hausa Genitive Prepositions
Berthold Crysmann
29-39 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


I discuss the status of "mixed category'' genitive prepositions in Hausa. Based on evidence from morphosyntax and extraction, I suggest that the hybrid nature of these prepositional nouns (Wolff 1993) is best understood in terms of decomposition into semantic and morphosyntactic properties: semantically, both true and genitive prepositions are inherent modifiers, selecting their head via the feature MOD (Pollard & Sag 1994). Morphosyntactically, however, genitive prepositions are best treated as nouns, paving the way for a unified analysis of genitive-marked categories in Hausa (nouns, verbal nouns, adjectives). The analysis proposed here is part of a computational HPSG of Hausa.

Published in

Selected Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Contact
edited by Bruce Connell and Nicholas Rolle
Table of contents
Printed edition: $280.00