Lecture | This Time for Africa! Series
From construct state, to reference, and beyond: the linker morpheme in Gorwaa
- Friday 3 December 2021
- This Time for Africa!
- Online| Zoom: https://universiteitleiden.zoom.us/j/67821472988?pwd=VVJzOUNCa0VDL1JKM3hrTkRld1hJdz09
Earlier accounts of linkers in Southern Cushitic languages characterise them as construct state morphology - a form taken by nouns in many Afroasiatic languages when possessed. Following a discussion of why the idea of possession is not adequate to characterise all occurrences of linker morphology, an alternative is advanced: that linkers are obligatorily present on all nouns with reference, but go unpronounced when at the right edge of the phonological phrase. Finally, new analysis made in Kerr (2020) is considered, as well as prospects for better understanding this pervasive phenomenon in Gorwaa.