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(2016)AFRICANA LINGUISTICA .22.p.71-106 Mark abstract The present article addresses the rich and complex morphosyntax of cleft constructions inKirundi (Bantu, JD62) and the role they play in its information structure. Although clefts areone of the main focus marking devices in this and other Bantu languages (Demuth 1984;Demuth 1987b; Suzman 1991), especially in conversation, they have received little attention.Some Burundian grammarians took a certain interest in Kirundi clefting (Sabimana 1986:189-222; Bukuru 2003: 295), but only in a subsidiary way, for instance as part of interrogativestrategies. No systematic and thorough study on the matter exists. This study aims at fillingthis gap by means of a detailed analysis of Kirundi cleft constructions based on a text corpusof 196,000 oral and 2,033,000 written tokens.

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Author: Mena Lafkioui, Ernest Nshemezimana and Koen Bostoen



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