Bridging caught in a crossfire: the marker of situated definiteness in Mano and language contact

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In this article, I review the basic semantic functions of the determiner à
in the South Mande language Mano, which is used to mark situated defi niteness:
most prominently, bridging and anaphora. The marker derives from the 3sg pronoun.
Similar markers are also used in a number of other South Mande languages, including
Kla-Dan, Dan-Gweetaa, Guro, Tura and Gban. In Mano, as well as in the former four
languages the head noun takes an optional low-tone head marking, which is more
frequent in Mano than in other languages. I argue that the increased frequency of
use of the marking is infl uenced by contact with the Southwest Mande language
Kpelle, which has a grammaticalized preposed defi niteness marker, also deriving
from a 3sg prefi x, and triggering low tone on the noun it attaches to.
TidskriftLanguage in Africa
Sidor (från-till)158-182
Antal sidor25
StatusPublicerad - 2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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