The Structure and Function of the Olukhayo Noun Phrase: An X-Bar Perspective
Wabwire, Vincent O.
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This study is an attempt to provide a syntactic analysis of the NP in Olukhayo, a Luhya dialect, from the point c;>fX-bar syntax. Our study had three objectives. Firstly! we sought to describe the structure of the noun phrase in Olukhayo. Secondly, we made effort to identify the syntactic functions of the noun phrase in Olukhayo sentences. Finally, we tried to find out whether the Olukhayo noun phrase could adequately be explained by X-bar theory. The need to conduct a study on Olukhayo arose out of the fact that there is very little literature published on the dialect. Regarding data elicitation, the study used tape-recorded oral narratives and written compositions to yield the anticipated data in the form of sentences. The respondents were identified using the social networks approach. NPs were identified from such sentences for analysis using the qualitative approach. It was found out that the NP in Olukhayo has a definite structure. Besides, the NP can realize a number of syntactic functions and it can adequately be explained within X-bar module. We recommended that the curriculum developers of the materials for the teaching of mother tongue in lower primary section as well as the teachers at this level to begin with the simplest of the NP structures that learners can easily grasp, gradually followed by the complex ones much later. This work is divided into five chapters. The first deals with the general introduction to the study; the second provides a review of related literature and the theoretical framework. The third looks at the approaches and methodology of data collection, sampling strategies, research instruments used and analysis of data. The fourth highlights data analysis and presentation. The'last concerns the summary of findings, conclusion and the recommendations based on our research findings