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Title:Pronouns, concord and pronominalization
Author:Bamgbose, Ayo
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:West Africa
Subject:Hausa language
Abstract:The claim that subject pronouns in languages such as Hausa are not really pronouns seems quite plausible in the light of the analysis presented; but it has three serious drawbacks: 1) derivation of non-emphatic sentences from emphatic sentences, involving a change of meaning; 2) the languages concerned only have the so-called independent or emphatic pronouns as subject pronouns; 3) there are other pronouns, apart from subject pronouns, which will have to be, recognised; in Hausa, for example, object pronouns. A more serious objection to the treatment of subject pronouns as proposed above is that it is unlikely to work for all languages which have subject concord markers. Reference is made to Yoruba. Notes, ref.