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Focus Construction in Èkìtì and Oǹdó Dialects of Yorùbá: A Dialectological Perspective

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Focus Construction in Yoruba language and its dialects has attracted the attention of many Yoruba scholars. But to the best of our knowledge, none has investigated this phenomenon in Èkìtì and Oǹdó dialects. This forms the focus of this paper. The data collection relies on the informants who are native speakers of the two dialects. They are between ages 60 to 80 and they have spent almost their life-times in the selected dialect communities. Descriptive approach is adopted for the discussion. Findings reveal that although, the two dialects belong to different Yoruba major groups; Central Yoruba and Southeast Yoruba, there are some similarities and differences in the syntax of the two dialects. These similarities and differences can mostly be reflected on their focus constructions. The concern of this paper is to consider the similarities and differences between the focus constructions in the two dialects.
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  • Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
  • Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
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