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On the structure of splitting verbs in Yoruba

Alicia Parrish; Cara Feldscher

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  "publisher": "Language Science Press", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.3367183", 
  "ISBN": "978-3-96110-205-1", 
  "container_title": "Theory and description in African Linguistics", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "On the structure of splitting verbs in Yoruba", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>Yoruba has a set of bisyllabic verbs that obligatorily split around a direct object,<br>\nas in Ad&eacute; ba il&eacute; n&agrave;&aacute; j&eacute;, meaning &lsquo;Ad&eacute; destroyed the house&rsquo;, where both ba and<br>\nj&eacute; make up the verb for destroy. These are called &ldquo;splitting verbs&rdquo; and have previ-<br>\nously been analyzed as requiring that the first verbal element be merged directly on<br>\nv. We introduce new data using an aspectual marker, t&uacute;n, meaning again, which<br>\nchanges the typical word order such that both verbal elements appear string ad-<br>\njacent following the object, as in Ad&eacute; t&uacute;n il&eacute; n&agrave;&aacute; baj&eacute;, meaning &lsquo;Ad&eacute; destroyed<br>\nthe house again&rsquo;. This data supports a movement-based analysis of splitting verbs<br>\nwhere both verbal elements are initially merged low in the structure, but the first<br>\nverbal element is moved through Asp to v.</p>\n\n<p>&nbsp;</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Alicia Parrish"
      "family": "Cara Feldscher"
  "page": "537-554", 
  "publisher_place": "Berlin", 
  "type": "chapter", 
  "id": "3367183"
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