ㆍ발행기관 : 대한언어학회ㆍ수록지정보 : 언어학 / 20권 / 1호 / 1 ~ 30 페이지 ㆍ저자명 : ( Assibi A. Amidu )
Descriptions of predication-sentences (Pn-Ss) recognize that a verb-noun relation is transitive. If the verb has more than one object it is a ditransitive verb. In this study, we illustrate that a PP that allegedly is oblique can function as a core constituent in transitive and ditransitive constructions. In addition, we draw attention to the existence of both autonomous and dependent but self-standing PP subjects and PP objects. They have core functions in transitive and ditransitive Pn-Ss. Thus unlike other languages, Kiswahili Bantu PP patterns are not non-core or non-canonical categories. We confirm, thereby, that PPs function as adjuncts in Kiswahili Bantu only when they are not arguments. Many traditional and modern linguists do not recognize PP, ±oblique, core categories in transitivity even though evidence in languages, such as Kiswahili Bantu, reveal that they exist. We conclude that PP core functions in Bantu add to the diversity of core functions in linguistics.