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Mon May 23 2011

Qs: Swahili: '-mesha-' Infix

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        1.     Johannes Reese , Swahili: '-mesha-' Infix

Message 1: Swahili: '-mesha-' Infix
Date: 19-Apr-2011
From: Johannes Reese <johannesreesegmx.de>
Subject: Swahili: '-mesha-' Infix
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Dear all,

I found a hint to a "-mesha-" infix in Swahili that could interest me. The
hint was in a definitely non-linguistic booklet, and the only Swahili I
currently have access to (Mohammed, Mohammed A. (2001):
Modern Swahili grammar, Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers)
doesn't mention this infix. Does any expert on Swahili know about
research/reference to this infix and how it is evaluated in aspect
theory?

I am working on a newly emerging aspect form in Arabic dialects, esp.
Moroccan Arabic, which was the topic of my dissertation that was
recently submitted, which seems to cover both the clearly perfect
Swahili infix "-me-" and possibly the "-mesha-" infix as well. As I don't
know the aspectual category apparently covered by "-mesha-" in any
other language I am familiar with, thoughts about "-mesha-" could be
helpful for understanding the aspectual category it covers more deeply.

The booklet I initially saw this Swahili infix in is: Christoph Friedrich
(2010): Kisuaheli Wort für Wort. Für Ostafrika: Tanzania, Kenya und
Uganda (Kauderwelsch), Bielefeld: Peter Rump.

Many thanks in advance,
Johannes Reese

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Subject Language(s): Swahili (swh)


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