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The morphosyntax of adverbs in Shupamem


par Abass NGOUNGOUO YIAGNIGNI
Université de Yaoundé 1 - Master en Linguistique Générale 2016
  

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THE MORPHO-SYNTAX OF ADVERBS IN SHUPAMEM [991]

A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Master's Degree in General Linguistics

By

ABASS NGOUNGOUO YIAGNIGNI

Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Studies

Under the supervision of

DrFlorence TABE

Senior Lecturer

Academic Year 2015-2016 June 2016

DEDICATION

To my late father, Yiagnigni Ismaila

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

First of all, I thank my supervisor, Dr Florence Tabe, for her commitment in supervising this work. She accepted this difficult task without complaint, and has been the one who guided my first steps into research.

Secondly, I heartily thank the administrative and teaching staff of the Department of African Languages and Linguistics of the University of Yaoundé I, especially Professor Edmond Biloa, Professor Cledor Nseme, and Professor Ndibnu-Messina. They have always paid attention to my work and many other administrative issues concerning me.

I also thank the administrative staffs of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, CERDOTOLA, and the Library of the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences of the University of Yaoundé I, who provided me useful documentation. In the same line, I thank all my informants for their contributions in data provision and correction. I heartily thank Dr Laziz Nchare for his support in forms of documentation and his multiple pieces of advice.

Thirdly, I wish to thank Professor Moundi Amidou and his wife, Mrs.Moundi Rikiatou, for their financial and moral support. Thesethanks also go to their children Samira, Awa, Leila and Jabir, who have always created a lively atmosphere around me. I am also grateful to my family in the village for the basic education they provided me, especially my mother Mrs.Ngoumnjouen Fadimatou, my grand-father, Nji Ngoucheme Mama, all my brothers and sisters.

Finally, I thank my friends Zacky, Fadi, Pulchérie, Lise, Peguy, Michelle, Fopa, Florance, Zounédou, Habilou, Anita, Ariane, Christelle and Ismaila. I alsothank Gbayouen Balkiss for her attention and encouragements, and Arsène Kengne for proof-reading this work. I thank everybody whose name is not mentioned here and who contributed, in one way or the other, to the realization of this work.

LISTS OF TABLES AND FIGURES

Tables

Table 1: List of Informants............................................................5

Table 2: Shupamem consonants chart...............................................20

Table 3: Shupamem vowels chart...................................................21

Table 4: Shupamem tone chart.......................................................22

Table 5: Shupamem noun classes...................................................24

Table 6: Shupamem personal pronouns.............................................25

Table 7: Shupamem possessive pronouns..........................................26

Table 8: Shupamem demonstrative pronouns......................................27

Figures

Figure 1: Geographical location of Shupamem in Cameroon..................7

Figure 2: Linguistic map of the West Region of Cameroon.......................8

Figure 3: Classification chart of Shupamem........................................10

Figure 4: Shupamem within the Grassfield Bantu languages.....................11

Figure 5: The Computation of Human Language within MP....................46

Figure 6: Hierachical scheme of the adverbs in Shupamem.....................94

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