Object marking in isiZulu

  title={Object marking in isiZulu},
  author={Jochen Klaus. Zeller},
  journal={Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies},
  pages={219 - 235}
  • J. Zeller
  • Published 2012
  • History
  • Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Abstract I examine object marking in the Nguni language isiZulu, focusing specifically on those properties that are subject to micro-parametric variation within the Bantu family. This includes the occurrence of object markers in object relative clauses and in double object constructions, and the correlation between object marking and dislocation. I also address the extent to which my findings support either a pronoun- or an object agreement-analysis of object markers. My results provide support… Expand
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