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Patterns and developments in the marking of diminutives in Bantu

Gibson, H and Guérois, R and Marten, L (2017) 'Patterns and developments in the marking of diminutives in Bantu.' Nordic Journal of African Studies, 26 (4). 344 - 383. ISSN 1235-4481

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Abstract

This paper presents an overview of diminutives in the Bantu language family, with an emphasis on the role of the noun class system in diminutive formation. It charts different processes of language change which have shaped the present-day situation, as well as highlighting instance in which language contact has played a role in the development of diminutive systems. It also addresses semantic and pragmatic processes underlying the change and variation in Bantu diminutives. The comparison is based on a cross-Bantu typology, examining a sample of 48 languages widespread across the linguistic domain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bantu languages, diminutives, morphology, nominal classification, language change
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 17:18
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21331

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