TRANSFORMATIONS IN AGATU AND ENGLISH NOMINAL STRUCTURES

TRANSFORMATIONS IN AGATU AND ENGLISH NOMINAL STRUCTURES

Authors

  • Moses Ocheje John Department of English Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ibusa, Delta State
  • Ezirim Chukwuma Daniel Department of English Faculty of Arts, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City

Keywords:

Transformation,, Agatu,, English, Nominal Structure

Abstract

Syntactic theories are formulated to make up for failure or weaknesses in earlier
theories so as to properly account for structural element(s) and changes in languages.
This paper, “Transformations in Agatu and English Nominal Structures” juxtaposes the
nominal structures of the languages in view to assess the level applicability of Chomsky’s
Transformational Generative Grammar on Agatu in relation with English. The data for
this paper were drawn from natural language occurring situations in Agatu and some
English sentences translated into Agatu were also used. To enhance the validity of this
research, the analysis is hinged on Chomsky’s Transformational Generative Grammar. This
is because unlike English, this earlier version of Chomsky’s theory had not been applied on
Agatu. The paper revealed that transformations are operational in both Agatu and English
languages but with unique structural permutations. It is also stated that transformation
sub-component is operational in Agatu as well as in English. The paper recommends that
Agatu be introduced at primary, secondary and tertiary levels within the local governments
and states (Nasarawa and Benue) where the language is spoken majorly.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Moses Ocheje John, & Ezirim Chukwuma Daniel. (2022). TRANSFORMATIONS IN AGATU AND ENGLISH NOMINAL STRUCTURES. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 191–209. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/29
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