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Volume 39, Issue 1


The background marker in Barayin

Joseph Lovestrand
Published Online: 2018-04-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jall-2018-0001


This article gives a first account of the background marker in Barayin, an East Chadic language spoken in the Guera region of Chad. The article describes the marker’s syntactic distribution and the semantic and pragmatic contexts it occurs in. It commonly occurs following a sentence-initial noun phrase or adverbial, and it also commonly follows a sentence-initial dependent clause such as a conditional clause. The material preceding is background information which provides a context for the interpretation of the following proposition, which is the main point of the communication.

Keywords: information structure; background; Chadic; topic; focus


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Published Online: 2018-04-26

Published in Print: 2018-05-25

Citation Information: Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, Volume 39, Issue 1, Pages 1–39, ISSN (Online) 1613-3811, ISSN (Print) 0167-6164, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jall-2018-0001.

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