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Morphology of Plant Names in the Mpiemo Language

Författare och institution:
Christina Thornell (Institutionen för språk och litteraturer)
Publicerad i:
Bantu Languages: Analyses, Description and Theory, s. 249-270
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The paper focuses on the morphological structure of plant names in the Bantu language Mpiemo, classified as A86c by Guthrie. The plant names represent simple and complex names, both of which, in Bantu languages typically include a prefix. The morphology of the names reflects Mpiemo plant taxonomy in most cases. The prefixes indicate the noun class membership. The prefixes represent several noun classes. This is in contrast to the general idea that plant names in Bantu languages are mainly allocated to classes 3 and 4. The question then arises whether the noun class assignments are arbitrary or motivated. The wide range of noun class assignments suggests that these are motivated mainly by the etymology of the noun or noun phrase from which the plant names derives, the general assignment rules in Mpiemo and, more restrictedly, an assignment based on what the author terms analogy. The plant names are exposed to the same transition processes of the Mpiemo gender system as general nouns are.
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Mpiemo, Bantu language, A86c, Central African Republic, plant names, nominal morphology, noun class system, transition process, changes, plant taxonomy
Ytterligare information:
The book has the ISBN978-3-89645-705-9 and is edited by Karsten Legère and Christina Thornell. It is published in the series"East African Languages and Dialects". Vol 20.
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2011-07-01 13:17

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