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Diachronic semantics of the modal verb -sóból- in Luganda: a corpus-driven approach

Deo Kawalya UGent, Koen Bostoen UGent and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver UGent (2014) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPUS LINGUISTICS. 19(1). p.60-93
abstract
In this article the semantic evolution of the modal verb -sóból- in Luganda is examined through the analysis of a diachronic corpus spanning the last 120 years. It is shown that the usage frequency of this verb increased exponentially between the early 20th century and the present, and that its use as a lexical verb has dramatically decreased during the same time span. The corpus data furthermore substantiate that its modal uses have been extended from the exclusive expression of dynamic possibility until the 1960s to deontic possibility. Methodologically, this is the first full-scale article within the young field of Bantu corpus linguistics in which a corpus-driven study is performed on a diachronic corpus. The approach is not only shown to be feasible, but the encouraging results will hopefully entice colleagues working on the Bantu languages to undertake the building and analysis of such diachronic corpora for linguistic purposes.
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keyword
diachronic corpus analysis, grammaticalisation, modality, possibility, NOUN, BANTU, SUBJECTIFICATION, Bantu
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPUS LINGUISTICS
Int. J. Corpus Linguist.
volume
19
issue
1
pages
60 - 93
publisher
JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING COMPANY
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000335661600003
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
0.65 (2014)
JCR rank
70/172 (2014)
JCR quartile
2 (2014)
ISSN
1384-6655
DOI
10.1075/ijcl.19.1.03kaw
project
KONGOKING (Political centralization, economic integration and language evolution in Central Africa: An interdisciplinary approach to the early history of the Kongo kingdom.)
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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4408419
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4408419
date created
2014-06-05 14:08:49
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:37:58
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  author       = {Kawalya, Deo and Bostoen, Koen and de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice},
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  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPUS LINGUISTICS},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {60--93},
  publisher    = {JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING COMPANY},
  title        = {Diachronic semantics of the modal verb -s{\'o}b{\'o}l- in Luganda: a corpus-driven approach},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.19.1.03kaw},
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Chicago
Kawalya, Deo, Koen Bostoen, and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver. 2014. “Diachronic Semantics of the Modal Verb -sóból- in Luganda: a Corpus-driven Approach.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 19 (1): 60–93.
APA
Kawalya, D., Bostoen, K., & de Schryver, G.-M. (2014). Diachronic semantics of the modal verb -sóból- in Luganda: a corpus-driven approach. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPUS LINGUISTICS, 19(1), 60–93.
Vancouver
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Kawalya D, Bostoen K, de Schryver G-M. Diachronic semantics of the modal verb -sóból- in Luganda: a corpus-driven approach. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPUS LINGUISTICS. JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING COMPANY; 2014;19(1):60–93.
MLA
Kawalya, Deo, Koen Bostoen, and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver. “Diachronic Semantics of the Modal Verb -sóból- in Luganda: a Corpus-driven Approach.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPUS LINGUISTICS 19.1 (2014): 60–93. Print.