On the structure of splitting verbs in Yoruba [chapter]

Alicia Parrish, Cara Feldscher
2019 Zenodo  
Yoruba has a set of bisyllabic verbs that obligatorily split around a direct object, as in Adé ba ilé nàá jé, meaning 'Adé destroyed the house', where both ba and jé make up the verb for destroy. These are called "splitting verbs" and have previ- ously been analyzed as requiring that the first verbal element be merged directly on v. We introduce new data using an aspectual marker, tún, meaning again, which changes the typical word order such that both verbal elements appear string ad- jacent
more » ... tring ad- jacent following the object, as in Adé tún ilé nàá bajé, meaning 'Adé destroyed the house again'. This data supports a movement-based analysis of splitting verbs where both verbal elements are initially merged low in the structure, but the first verbal element is moved through Asp to v.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3367182 fatcat:2mfcjxh2lfe3pnz6d5kwzsv2sm