Tense and Aspect in Bantu
By (author) Derek Nurse
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Tense and Aspect in Bantu by Derek Nurse
Book DescriptionDerek Nurse looks at variations in the form and function of tense and aspect in Bantu, a branch of Niger-Congo, the world's largest language phylum. Bantu languages are spoken in central, eastern, and southern sub-Saharan Africa south of a line between Nigeria and Somalia. By current estimates there are between 250 and 600 of them, as yet neither adequately classified nor fully described. Professor Nurse's account is based on data from more than 200 Bantu languages and varieties, a representative sample of which is freely available on the publisher's website. He devotes substantial chapters to the analysis and comparison of the different tense and aspect systems found in Bantu. He also examines the verbal categories with which they interact, including negation and focus. Synchronic and diachronic perspectives are interwoven throughout the book. Following a brief history of Bantu over the last five thousand years, the final two chapters look systematically at the history of tense and aspect in Bantu. The first deals with the reconstruction of the earlier forms from which contemporary structures, morphemes, and categories are derived, and the second with the processes of change, including grammaticalization, by means of which older analytical structures and independent lexical items moved as they became incorporated as grammatical inflections and categories.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199239290
(252mm x 176mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Derek Nurse
Linguistic Geography of Africa, Paperback (February 2011)
An edited collection of essays discussing the linguistic relationships between African languages.
Bantu Languages, Paperback (November 2006)
Providing descriptive and typological information about the Bantu languages of southern Africa, this volume is divided into two parts: linguistics areas, including phonology, morphology, syntax and historical linguistics, and secondly, the many hundreds of Bantu languages themselves.
African Languages, Paperback (August 2000)View all books by Derek Nurse
An accessible introduction to African languages and linguistics, covering language typology, linguistic structures and sociolinguistics.
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Author Biography - Derek Nurse
Derek Nurse is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Emeritus Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His books include, with T. J. Hinnebusch, Swahili and Sabaki: A Linguistic History (University of California Press 1993) and, with Bernd Heine, African Languages (CUP 2000). Future work will extend the current book to the non-Bantu Niger-Congo languages.
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