Focus in the Kenyang Language
Mbu Martha Njui

Focus abbreviated “FOC” refers to that part of the clause that provides the most salient information in a given discourse situation.. It is also a grammatical category that determines which part of the sentence contributes new, non derivable or contrastive information. Focus is related to information structure. This article looks at focus from several theoretical and methodological perspectives, ranging from a detail generative analysis to careful typological generalization. Their common aim is to deepen our understanding of whether and how the information –structured category of focus is represented and marked in the Kenyang language. Focus marking refers to the overt realization of focus by special grammatical means which is subject to cross linguistic variation. Topics investigated in this article are among others the focus particles ,the structure of focus ,and their graphical representations, question formation, the information structure on word order, situ versus in-situ strategies of focus marking, , and related constructions.

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