The next ComSyn talk is on Thursday 1 December, by Zhen Li (LUCL). The talk is
from 16:15 to 17:30, in Lipsius 208, with drinks afterwards. Please find title
and abstract of the talk below. We hope to see you there!
Lis, Stéphane & Maarten
Speaker: Zhen Li
Title: Word order, information structure and agreement in Teke (Bantu
Location: Lipsius 208
Date & Time: Thu 1 December, 16:15-17:30
Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss the information structure and its
interactions with syntax in Teke-Kukuya, which is a Narrow Bantu language
(Guthrie code B77) spoken in the Republic of Congo. I will identify a dedicated
immediate-before-verb (IBV) focus position in this language and show its
interpretational properties. Based on some segmental and tonal evidence, I
suggest that the IBV focus construction has its historical origin in a cleft. I
will also propose the syntactic derivation of this preverbal focus strategy.
There is also an intriguing a-/ka- class 1 subject marking alternation which
co-varies with preverbal focus and word order, and I will provide an approach
to explaining this phenomenon. The data presented is based on my field work in
2019 and 2021.