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   Subject-Object Switching in Igbo Verbs: A Revisit  
نویسنده Agbo Maduabuchi
منبع International Journal Of Language Studies - 2009 - دوره : 3 - شماره : 2 - صفحه:209 -224
چکیده    Subject-object switching is of special and limited occurrence in igbo syntax. in this aspect of igbo syntax, the subject and object of a verb can freely exchange positions in the sentence structure without a change in the meaning of the sentence. uwalaka (1988) in her seminal work on this phenomenon asserts that only a select few of igbo verbs tolerate subject-object switching. it is claimed in uwalaka (1988) that only experiential and process verbs allow subject-object switching in the sentence. in this study, we have provided evidence to show that action verbs in igbo also allow the phenomenon of subject-object switching. in uwalaka (1988) it is suggested that the grammatical subjects of verbs tolerating subject-object switching take animate features. our data shows that some verbs tolerating subject-object switching can take inanimate grammatical subjects. the case roles experiencer and patient are assigned to the grammatical subjects of ‘subject-object’ switching verbs. we claim in this paper that the agent case role can be assigned to the action verbs allowing ‘subject-object’ switching.
کلیدواژه ‘Subject-Object’ Switching ,Igbo Verbs ,Case Roles ,Grammatical Subjects ,Semantics
آدرس University Of Benin, Nigeria

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