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Ébauche d'une organisation des constructions verbales en wolof

Abstract : The aim of my presentation is to lay the foundations of a syntactic analysis of verbal constructions in Wolof. I will focus more specificaly on syntactic organization of elements in Wolof clauses. In this study I will classify and organize the various syntactic positions in these constructions, to reveal the inner structure of clauses. First, I briefly expose the Wolof verbal system, focusing on the various "conjugations", tense, aspect and polarity. Secondly, I will present the organization of Wolof verbal constructions. In order to do this, I will highlight several syntactic patterns which match the whole of simple constructions of Wolof. Afterwards, I will deal with the predicative marker. I will analyse it as the sentence head. Then, I will study the distribution of object and subject, and also the exact status of subject and object "pronouns" in Wolof. Finally, I will show that the aspect morpheme must be analysed as an auxiliary verb. I will hypothesize that construction of perfect in modern Wolof was used to outline a verb focus in an ancient state of the language.
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Maximilien Guérin. Ébauche d'une organisation des constructions verbales en wolof. Colloque International Jeunes Chercheurs en Linguistique : Les Classifications en Linguistique - Problèmes, Méthodologie, Enjeux (CIJC 2012), Jun 2012, Strasbourg, France. ⟨halshs-01213468⟩



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