The focus marker in Kîîtharaka: Syntax and semantics

  title={The focus marker in K{\^i}{\^i}tharaka: Syntax and semantics},
  author={Klaus Abels and Peter Kinyua Muriungi},
This paper investigates a morpheme central to the clausal syntax of Kiitharaka (SVO, Bantu, E54, Kenyan). The first sections of the paper offer a careful description of three functions of this morpheme, which marks information structure and cyclic movement. We show that the syntactic and semantic properties of the three functions fall into a neat hierarchy. Rather than treating the different uses of the morpheme as distinct, accidentally homophonous items, we suggest an account that needs to… CONTINUE READING