A Grammar of Logba (Ikpana)

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A Grammar of Logba (Ikpana)

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: A Grammar of Logba (Ikpana)
Author: Dorvlo, Kofi
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT), Leiden University
Issue Date: 2008-05-27
Keywords: Tone
Vowel harmony
Noun classes
Word classes
Serial verb constructions
Conversational routines
Abstract: This dissertation presents a comprehensive description of the grammar of Logba, one of the fourteen Ghana-Togo Mountain (GTM) languages spoken by approximately 7,500 speakers on the Southeastern frontier of the Ghana-Togo border. It is the outcome of fifteen months research in Logba speaking communities. The grammar covers phonology, morphology, syntax and aspects of pragmatics such as routine expressions, particles and interjections. The language displays three interconnected systems of nominal classification –prefix classes, singular plural pairings and agreement system. The interaction of external verb agreement and noun phrase internal agreement results in nine different agreement patterns. Other typologically interesting features of Logba accounted for include its two adpositional classes, verb serialisation with features marked only on the first verb, and the coding of topological relations in verbs. The influence of Ewe, the dominant lingua franca, on the grammar and lexicon as well as Logba’s differentiation from its presumed genetic relatives like Likpe and Lelemi are touched upon. A corpus of glossed and translated texts that was used as data sources as well as a trilingual wordlist are also included. The descriptor is of interest to specialists in African linguistics, linguistic typology as well as contact linguistics.
Description: Promotor: M. Mous, Co-promotor: F.K. Ameka
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Dorvlo, K., 2008, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789078328575
Sponsor: NWO (Endangered Languages Programme of GW and WOTRO)
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12945

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