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Les relatives possessives en mbochi (C25)

Abstract : This paper deals with the possessive constructions -- either connective or relative -- in Mbochi (C25), a Bantu language spoken in Congo-Brazzaville. In Mbochi, as in most languages of the same group (C20), the underlying /CV-/ form of nominal prefixes never surfaces as such but is targeted by two main processes: consonantal dissimilation and vowel elision. Both processes are in complementary distribution and the alternations triggered by them may explain the surface forms of both connective and relative constructions. In order to provide the necessary background for the study of Mbochi relative clauses, the three subject markers of Mbochi are introduced and the main verbal suffixes are also discussed. Thereafter, a detailed presentation and analysis of the relative constructions is given. Finally, we discuss the prosody of these constructions, showing that relative clauses in Mbochi have no particular tonal markers and we propose a model involving superimposed boundary tones to account for their intonation.
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Jean-Marc Beltzung, Annie Rialland, Martial Embanga Aborobongui. Les relatives possessives en mbochi (C25). Zas Papers in Linguistics, 2010, 52, pp.7-31. ⟨halshs-00629021⟩



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