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How to make a comitative preposition agree it-with its external argument: Songhay and the typology of conjunction and agreement

Abstract : This article describes two hitherto unreported comitative strategies exemplified in Songhay languages of West Africa – external agreement, and bipartite – and demonstrates their wider applicability. The former strategy provides the first clear-cut example of a previously unattested agreement target-controller pair. Based on comparative evidence, this article proposes a scenario for how these could have developed from the typologically unremarkable comitative and coordinative strategies reconstructible for proto-Songhay, in a process facilitated by contact with Berber. The grammaticalisation chain required to explain this has the unexpected effect of reversing a much better-known one previously claimed to be unidirectional, the development COMITATIVE > NP-AND.
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Lameen Souag. How to make a comitative preposition agree it-with its external argument: Songhay and the typology of conjunction and agreement. Fleischer, Jürg; Rieken, Elisabeth; Widmer, Paul. Agreement from a diachronic perspective, 215, De Gruyter, pp.75-100, 2015, Trends in Linguistics, 978-3-11-039996-7. ⟨10.1515/9783110399967-005⟩. ⟨halshs-01164804⟩

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