Niger-Congo languages -- Verb, Atlantic languages, Linguistic change, Tense (Grammar)
This paper contributes to the understanding of Proto-Niger-Congo (PNC) verb structure. It supports the contention in Nurse 2007 that PNC verbs were likely more analytical than synthetic in nature. It does so by illustrating several paths of grammaticalization (and cliticization), in a set of several far-west Atlantic languages, geographically distant from the Niger-Congo core.
Childs, George Tucker (2014). Synthesis before the Proto-Niger-Congo inflectional verb: Evidence from the peripheral South Atlantic languages. 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL45), University of Kansas, Lawrence