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Non-finite constructions in Wolof

Abstract : In this article, I study the concept of finiteness in Wolof. I propose a list of criteria for defining what a prototypical finite form is in this language. I am interested in the three constructions most distant from this prototype: the infinitive, the subjunctive-consecutive and the imperative. The subjunctive-consecutive and the infinitive have few characteristics of the prototype. The instantiations of these constructions can thus be considered as non-(fully)-finite forms. The imperative also has relatively few characteristics of the prototype. However, the characteristics that move the imperative away from prototypical finite forms are not the same as those noted for the subjunctive-consecutive and the infinitive. The imperative is therefore a specific predicative construction in this respect.
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Maximilien Guérin. Non-finite constructions in Wolof. Language in Africa, Russian Academy of Science, 2022, 3 (2), pp.102-120. ⟨10.37892/2686-8946-2022-3-2-102-120⟩. ⟨halshs-03739705⟩



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