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Resumptive Pronominal Clitics in Bantu Languages
Deo S. Ngonyani
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This paper explores resumptive pronominal clitics in Bantu languages. It describes their form and distribution using examples from Kiswahili, Kindendeule, and Chiluba. These languages prohibit preposition stranding. Using parasitic gaps and reconstruction effects, the paper demonstrates that the clitics share movement features with wh-traces. The conclusion is that a resumptive pronominal clitic can be interpreted as a determiner that is left behind after the extraction of the nominal.

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Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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