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Formation, Types and Processes of Questions in Bekwarra Language of Northern Cross River
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Volume 5, 2018
Issue 3 (September)
Pages: 27-34   |   Vol. 5, No. 3, September 2018   |   Follow on         
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Odey Simon Robert, Gokin and Dab Educational Services and Consultancy, Lafia, Nasarawa, Nigeria.
The knowledge of question formation in Bekwara language has been laid bare over the years, for which most speakers and learners of the language remain ignorant of it. Poised to bridging this knowledge gap, this study scholarly explores and describes, with ample examples, the existent questions in the language. These are the O-words questions, Polar (Yes/No) questions, Alternate questions, Rhetorical questions, Tag questions, Emphatic/Sarcastic questions and Lexical expo-narrative questions. Pronouns and auxiliary verbs are predominantly used in the formation of questions in Bekwarra Language. The study also reveals that there are distinct question markers in the language. In the formation of questions, some phonemes and, at times, morphemes are inserted into and/or deleted from at least a word in the question statements. In a few cases across the question types, some morphemes are reduplicated. It relied solely on primary data, oral sources and intuition, along with a few secondary data of closely related textual materials. The qualitative approach is employed in the survey.
Bekwarra Language, Question Formation, Orthography, Phonology, Lexical-Expo-narrative
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