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The predicative marker 'na' in Wolof: a case of polygrammaticalization

Abstract : Most Wolof predicative constructions involve a grammatical word: the predicative marker (PM). This marker is similar in three predicative constructions: Perfect, Optative and Future. Although the relation between Perfect and Future PMs has already been described in the literature (Church, 1981; Robert, 1991), nothing has been said hitherto about their formal similarity with Optative. In this paper I will show that this similarity is due to a polygrammaticalization process (Hopper & Traugott, 2003), and that these constructions share a common origin of these constructions.
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Maximilien Guérin. The predicative marker 'na' in Wolof: a case of polygrammaticalization. Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, Aug 2013, London, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-00881619⟩



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