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Déclinaison nominale en dan-gwèètaa (groupe mandé-sud, Côte-d'Ivoire)

Abstract : Exceptionally for the Mande languages (and also for the Niger-Congo macrofamily in general), a system of nominal declension has emerged in Dan-Gweetaa, one of the languages of the South Mande group. It is an emergent systems which concerns only a part of the class of nouns, namely, "locative nouns". The paradigm includes six cases, among them, four are "incomplete cases" which are attested with a minority of locative nouns only. The case markers are of different origin: (1) a noun stem with a general locative meaning (for the common case); (2) an adverbial suffix (for the locative case); (3) fusion of nouns with the most current postpositions. Certain inflectional forms can be broken down synchronously into their component nouns and postpositions, however, there are indications of an advanced degree of grammaticalization and morphologization of the inflected forms. Oblique case forms can be reduplicated to express the intensity or the permanence of the action described by the verb, which represents an instance of an external morphological marking.
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Valentin Vydrin. Déclinaison nominale en dan-gwèètaa (groupe mandé-sud, Côte-d'Ivoire). Faits de Langues - Les Cahiers, Paris : Ophrys, 2011, pp.233-258. ⟨halshs-00866827⟩



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