LINGUIST List 32.271

Wed Jan 20 2021

Books: The Verb in Nyakyusa: Persohn

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Date: 16-Jan-2021
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <>
Subject: The Verb in Nyakyusa: Persohn
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Title: The Verb in Nyakyusa
Subtitle: A focus on tense, aspect, and modality (Second edition)
Series Title: Contemporary African Linguistics
Published: 2020
Publisher: Language Science Press

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Author: Bastian Persohn
Electronic: ISBN: 9783961102945 Pages: 405 Price: Europe EURO 0 Comment: Open Access

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

Nyakyusa is an underdescribed Bantu language spoken by around 800.000 speakers in the Mbeya Region of Tanzania. This book provides a detailed description of the verb in this language. The topics covered include the complex morphophonological and morphological processes as well as verb-to-verb derivation, copula verbs and grammaticalized verbs of motion. The main body of the book consists of a detailed description of tense, aspect and modality constructions, which includes not only an in-depth discussion of their sentence level semantics, but also of their patterns of employment in discourse.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): Nyakyusa-Ngonde (nyy)

Written In: English (eng)

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