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Mon Jun 04 2012

Diss: General Ling/Kikuyu: Waweru: 'Gikuyu Verbal Extensions: A minimalist analysis'

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Date: 03-Jun-2012
From: Martin Waweru <mtnmburuyahoo.com>
Subject: Gikuyu Verbal Extensions: A minimalist analysis
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Institution: Kenyatta University
Program: PhD
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2011

Author: Martin Mburu Waweru

Dissertation Title: Gikuyu Verbal Extensions: A minimalist analysis

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Kikuyu (kik)

Dissertation Director:
Joyce Inima Wangia
Phyllis Wacuka Mwangi

Dissertation Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to investigate the Gĩkũyũ verbal extensions:
their individual occurrence and their co-occurrences. Gĩkũyũ, just like
other Bantu languages, has a rich and complex morphology. The complexity is
more evident in derivational morphology than inflectional morphology. A
feature that makes derivational morphology complex is the concatenations of
the derivational affixes such as the verbal extensions under investigation
in this study. The five affixes, namely the causative, the applicative, the
passive, the reciprocal and the reversive were described and analysed
individually and then they were concatenated. The individual occurrences
and the co-occurrences were then analysed using the Minimalist Program, the
theoretical framework used in the study. The theory has been revised
extensively but it is the 1995 version that showed a higher degree of
explanatory adequacy in analysing Gĩkũyũ verbal extensions. The data for
the study was in form of four hundred verbs. The verbs were then classified
according to their transitivity status. The concatenations of the verbal
extensions revealed that they are determined by the interaction of
morphology, semantics and syntax, but occasionally semantics overrides the
other two. The thesis is divided into seven chapters. Chapter one gives the
preliminary details of the research, that is, the research problem, the
objectives and the background to the problem. Chapter two has literature on
studies in Bantu, Gĩkũyũ and on the theoretical framework. In chapter
three, the study discusses the methodology used. Chapter four is the first
of the analysis and description chapters. It discusses the causative, the
applicative and the reversive. In chapter five, the reciprocal and the
passive are discussed. Chapter six has the description and the analysis of
the co-occurrences of the Gĩkũyũ verbal extension. The last chapter gives
the conclusion of the study and areas for further research.

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