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A Comparative Analysis of Focus Construction in Yorùbá and Èbìrà Languages

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Many research works have been carried out on focus construction in Yoruba and its dialects. These works include the comparison between the focus construction in Yoruba language and the dialects of Yoruba, a comparison between the focus construction in one dialect of Yoruba and the others. But no attention is paid to the comparison between the focus construction in Yorùbá and Èbìrà languages. Findings reveal that despite the fact that Yorùbá and Èbìrà languages belong to two different language families, there are some similarities between their focus constructions. However, the similarities between the two languages are noticed in the dialect of Yorùbá such as Oǹdó dialect. This forms the basis of the discussion in this paper. The data collection relies on the informants who are the native speakers of Òkené (a sub-dialect of Èbìrà language) and Oǹdó dialect (a sub-dialect of Yorùbá language). The informants are between ages 65-70 and have spent their lifetime in their dialect communities. Descriptive approach is adopted for the data analysis.
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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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