Original Articles

The structure of nominal modifiers in Xhosa

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 5, issue 2, 1985, pages: 35–42
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1985.10586588
Author(s): J.A. du Plessis,


Twenty possible nominal modifiers in Xhosa were investigated to determine their structure within a universal set of categories. It was established that the nominal modifiers in Xhosa can be accommodated within the following: DET, Q, ADJ, PP, NP and S. The [Xbar]-theory was applied to these categories to establish rules for NP's in Xhosa.

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