Inclusory pronouns in Mande : The emergence of a typological rarum

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Khachaturyan , M 2019 , ' Inclusory pronouns in Mande : The emergence of a typological rarum ' , Folia Linguistica , vol. 53 , no. 1 , pp. 87–123 . https://doi.org/10.1515/flin-2019-2005

Title: Inclusory pronouns in Mande : The emergence of a typological rarum
Author: Khachaturyan, Maria
Contributor: University of Helsinki, General Linguistics
Date: 2019-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 37
Belongs to series: Folia Linguistica
ISSN: 0165-4004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304873
Abstract: This paper reviews inclusory constructions and pronouns in the Mande language family and proposes a diachronic account of their development. Inclusory constructions, which are found in several Mande languages, are a type of conjunction strategy where the whole set of participants - the superset - and a subset of participants are expressed, as in Dan-Gwetaa yaa Gbato 'Gbato and I', lit. 'we Gbato'. In a number of Southern and Southwestern Mande languages, inclusory constructions are typologically unique, as they feature a separate series of inclusory pronouns, which are used exclusively in this construction. The paper argues that these inclusory pronouns are a Southwestern Mande innovation, which spread to other Mande languages through contact.
Subject: 6121 Languages
comitative
coordination
inclusory construction
language contact
typological rara
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