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The Augment in Kirundi: When Syntax Meets Phonology
Juvénal Ndayiragije, Emmanuel Nikiema, and Parth Bhatt
112-121 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper argues that the augment in Kirundi is the syntactic head of a DP structure within which the Determiner category corresponds to an empty V syllable attached to a phonetically uninterpretable EPP-feature. It is shown that the phonetic realization of the Kirundi determiner is the result of an agreement relationship with the classifier. The identity between the vowel of the classifier and that of the determiner (through copying) is the phonological signature of the syntactic agreement. This in turn suggests that Bantu concord is an agreement phenomenon observed at both the syntactic and phonological levels. This analysis provides support for the uniformity hypothesis according to which syntax and phonology share the same computational system (CHL).

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Selected Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Context
edited by Michael R. Marlo, Nikki B. Adams, Christopher R. Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan M. Purvis
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