• search hit 13 of 162
Back to Result List

Exhaustive Focus Marking in Akan

  • This paper reopens the discussion on focus marking in Akan (Kwa, Niger-Congo) by examining the semantics of the so-called focus marker in the language. It is shown that the so-called focus marker expresses exhaustivity when it occurs in a sentence with narrow focus. The study employs four standard tests for exhaustivity proposed in the literature to examine the semantics of Akan focus constructions (Szabolsci 1981, 1994; É. Kiss 1998; Hartmann and Zimmermann 2007). It is shown that although a focused entity with the so-called focus marker nà is interpreted to mean ‘only X and nothing/nobody else,’ this meaning appears to be pragmatic.

Download full text files

  • isis19.pdfdeu


Export metadata

Additional Services

Share in Twitter Search Google Scholar Statistics
Author:Reginald Akuoko Duah
ISSN:1614-4708 (print)
ISSN:1866-4725 (online)
Parent Title (English):Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Potsdam
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2015/11/13
Tag:Akan; cleft; ex situ; exhaustivity; focus marker; in situ; subject/non-subject asymmetry
First Page:1
Last Page:28
Organizational units:Zentrale und wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen / Sonderforschungsbereich 632 - Informationsstruktur
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Publication Way:Open Access
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632, ISSN 1866-4725 / ISIS (2015) 19
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht