Van de Velde, Mark (2010). The syntax of verb complements and the loss of the applicative in Eton (A71). In: Légère, Karsten & Christina Thornell (eds.) Bantu Languages: Analyses, Description and Theory, 281-294. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.


Eton (A70) is unusual in that it lacks an applicative affix. Benefactive and circumstantial participants can be added without marking, be it head marking (an applicative suffix) or dependent marking (a preposition). This paper argues that the applicative suffix was lost in Eton because it is functionally superfluous. It is further argued that there is no need to posit an object relation in the syntactic description of Eton.


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24 August 2010