Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Morphosyntactic and Semantic Aspects of Verb Extension Systems in Bantu Languages : A Case Study of Kuria (E43) in Tanzania
by Charwi, Mary Zacharia, Ph.D., Universitaet Bayreuth (Germany), 2017, 364; 27603238
Abstract (Summary)

The present research centres on verb extensions in Kuria. The study investigates how the extended verb behaves in spoken and written forms in Kuria, both morphosyntactically and semantically. The study seeks to address four key issues: First, the morphosyntactic and semantic effects of reordering and repetition of extensions; second, the use of verb extensions in spoken and written Kuria, third, the issue of prominent extensions and fourth, the co-occurrence of extensions in Kuria. This study adopts a mixed research approach in which both qualitative and quantitative research techniques are used to analyse the data. Under the two research designs, four techniques are used for data collection, namely questionnaire, semi-structured interview, video stimulus and written text. The study is guided by four theoretical concepts, namely, the Theta Theory and the Projection Principle by Chomsky (1981/1986), the Argument Structure Theory by Babby (2009) and the Theory of Functional Grammar by Dik (1997). The findings of the study show that reordering and repetitions of extensions affect arguments morphosyntactically and semantically and equally lead to the alternation of the arguments thereby changing the thematic roles of the arguments of the verb. Since the argument relations of the verb change together with the word order, this process results in different meanings depending on the various orders of extensions. The study also reveals that although verb extensions occur in both spoken and written Kuria, more extensions are identified in the spoken than in the written data set. Furthermore, the analysis shows that extensions involving one extension morpheme feature more in written (Bible translation) than in spoken form (interviews). The study also reveals that the passive extension is predominant in both data sets whereas the co-occurrence of two extensions, applicative + causative (A+C), is predominant in the text samples considered.

Indexing (document details)
School: Universitaet Bayreuth (Germany)
School Location: Germany
Source: DAI-C 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, African Studies
Keywords: Bantu languages, Semantics, Verb extensions, Syntax
Publication Number: 27603238
ISBN: 9781687916242
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