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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 <>
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 likeother Bantu languages, has a rich and complex morphology. The complexity ismore evident in derivational morphology than inflectional morphology. Afeature that makes derivational morphology complex is the concatenations ofthe derivational affixes such as the verbal extensions under investigationin this study. The five affixes, namely the causative, the applicative, thepassive, the reciprocal and the reversive were described and analysedindividually and then they were concatenated. The individual occurrencesand the co-occurrences were then analysed using the Minimalist Program, thetheoretical framework used in the study. The theory has been revisedextensively but it is the 1995 version that showed a higher degree ofexplanatory adequacy in analysing Gĩkũyũ verbal extensions. The data forthe study was in form of four hundred verbs. The verbs were then classifiedaccording to their transitivity status. The concatenations of the verbalextensions revealed that they are determined by the interaction ofmorphology, semantics and syntax, but occasionally semantics overrides theother two. The thesis is divided into seven chapters. Chapter one gives thepreliminary details of the research, that is, the research problem, theobjectives and the background to the problem. Chapter two has literature onstudies in Bantu, Gĩkũyũ and on the theoretical framework. In chapterthree, the study discusses the methodology used. Chapter four is the firstof the analysis and description chapters. It discusses the causative, theapplicative and the reversive. In chapter five, the reciprocal and thepassive are discussed. Chapter six has the description and the analysis ofthe co-occurrences of the Gĩkũyũ verbal extension. The last chapter givesthe conclusion of the study and areas for further research.

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