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Kula, Nancy C. and Marten, Lutz (2023) 'Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: The case of Setswana.' Studies in African Linguistics, 52 (supplt 13). pp. 53-69.

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Within the context of microvariation in Bantu, three processes are examined in Setswana – object marking, inversion constructions and diminutive marking. Setswana morpho-syntactic structures for these constructions present instances that distinguish Setswana from Eastern Bantu languages and yet also cases of similarity with patterns more commonly attested in Eastern rather than Southern Bantu languages. Using a comparative-parametric approach Setswana is shown to pattern with Southern Bantu in its default agreement and diminutive marking patterns while its flexibility in allowing multiple object markers with free ordering is more closely related to Eastern Bantu, suggesting complex historical patterns of contact.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Setswana, Bantu languages, object marking, inversion constructions, diminutive marking
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 00393533
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 10:51
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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