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A Comparative Study of Topological Relation Markers in Two Gur Languages: Gurenɛ and Chakali
Jonathan Allen Brindle and Samuel Awinkene Atintono
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This paper explores from a comparative perspective the strategies employed for the coding of topological relations in two Gur languages, Gurenε and Chakali. It identifies the similarities and differences in the coding of semantic concepts that describe topological relations and examines the lexical semantics of locative predicate relations. The results of the study show that both languages use existential, postural or positional verbs to express topological relations, and that these verbs often combine with nominal postpositions. The paper is a contribution to the typological classification of locative predication proposed by Ameka and Levinson (2007), and to areal typology, as it concludes by comparing some of the findings with an analysis of Likpe (Ghana-Togo Mountain, Kwa (Ameka, 2007a)).

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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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