International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Etulo Verb Structure
Adaobi Ngozi OKOYE

This paper examines the structure of the verb in Etulo, a Benue Congo language spoken by a minority group in Benue State, Nigeria. It seeks to accounts for the phonological and morphological structures of the verb. Data collection is mainly based on elicitation from Etulo native speakers resident in Adi.The study adopts a descriptive approach in the analysis of the collected data. From the data analyzed, the study discovers that phonologically, Etulo verbs attest three syllable patterns. In terms of their morphology, the verbs fall into simple and complex verbs. The study further observed that some complex verbs display variable meanings. The study adds to existing literature on the verb structure of African languages and concludes that the structure of the verb in Etulo aligns with the structure attested for Benue Congo languages.

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