|Vortragende(r)||Jenneke van der Wal|
|Ort||Online (see below)|
Many Bantu languages, spoken in sub-Saharan Africa, allow object marking on the verb:
Bembe (D54, Iorio 2014: 103)
(1) Twa-bo-h-ile batu (bokyo).
1pl.sm-14om-give-pst 2.people 14.money
‘We gave it to people.’
But object marking varies across Bantu, along five parameters. Two of these parameters we investigate more closely in this talk: 1. Symmetry: can either object in a ditransitive be marked? 2. Doubling/non-doubling: can object marking co-occur with the object NP? Combining these parameters for 75 Bantu languages reveals a gap: there are no asymmetric languages with non-doubling object marking:
(2) Relation between Asymmetry and Non-Doubling Object Marking (RANDOM)
All non-doubling languages allow symmetric object behaviour.
Languages without symmetric object behaviour always allow doubling.
In the talk, I explain how a featural typology of object marking can account for the RANDOM, taking into account acquisition and the consequences for diachronic change.
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