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Zygmunt Frajzyngier, with Erin Shay: A Grammar of Hdi. (Mouton Grammar Library, 21.) Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2002. 567 pp. EUR 148. With A Grammar of Hdi, Frajzyngier has written his fourth reference grammar on a Chadic language (Frajzyngier 1989, 1993, 2001). The grammar is on Hdi, a Central Chadic language of the Mandara group that is spoken by about 10.000 speakers in Northern Cameroon. Like its predecessors, it contains a wealth of data and detailed, functionally oriented, analyses. But regrettably, it also shares a few shortcomings of the earlier grammars. The grammar consists of 27 independent chapters that contain information on the following topics: introductory remarks (chapter 1), phonology (chapter 2), structure of the noun phrase (chapters 3 and 4), verb, verb phrase and argument structure (chapters 5 to 14), basic clause structure (chapters 15 to 17, 26), subordination and coordination (chapters 19 to 25), information structure (chapters 18 and 19), and texts (chapter 27). While Frajzyngier devotes special attention to those areas that are linked to his interests (e.g., anaphora, domains de re vs. de dicto, verbs and thematic vowels, verbal extensions, coding of semantic roles, pragmatically dependent vs. independent clauses, complementation), all http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Languages and Linguistics de Gruyter

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