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LINGUIST List 17.804

Thu Mar 16 2006

Books: Morphology, Setswana: Krüger

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Introduction to the Morphology of Setswana: Krüger


Message 1: Introduction to the Morphology of Setswana: Krüger
Date: 16-Mar-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Introduction to the Morphology of Setswana: Krüger


Title: Introduction to the Morphology of Setswana
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 69
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.at

Author: Caspar J.H. Krüger, North-West University, South Africa
Hardback: ISBN: 3895868760 Pages: 330 Price: Europe EURO 118.00
Hardback: ISBN: 3895868760 Pages: 330 Price: U.S. $ 144.00
Hardback: ISBN: 3895868760 Pages: 330 Price: U.K. £ 82.60
Abstract:

This contribution is an attempt to describe the morphology of Setswana, an
African language spoken in the north-western regions of the Republic of
South Africa (RSA) and in Botswana. Setswana includes approximately seven
closely related dialects, and it is roughly estimated that the language is
spoken by about three million speakers.

Setswana is an agglutinating language in which the system of noun classes
is a distinctive feature. These noun classes dominate the morphological
structure of the language by means of agreement morphemes which are derived
from the prefixes of the different noun classes.

The official orthography employs a disjunctive system of word division.

The following aspects regarding Setswana are discussed:

a. The problem of word division and word identification as expressed by the
conjunctive, the semi-conjunctive and the disjunctive systems of word
division used in the south-eastern zone.

b. Various approaches to the notion of the morpheme and its relation to the
word in the above systems.

c. A proposal for a suitable word-class system that can systematically and
consistantly be employed in both morphology and syntax.

d. The morphological structure (paradigmatic and syntagmatic) of the
various word classes.

e. A few introductory observations with regard to the principles of word
group formation.

Prof. Krüger is a professor emeritus of African Languages at the North-West
University of the Republic of South Africa. After his retirement he was
appointed in a temporary capacity at the Mamelodi campus of Vista
University in Tshwane for four years.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Tswana (tsn)

Written In: English (eng )

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