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Bantu verbal derivation and tense/aspect from a historical-comparative perspective : the Kikongo Language Cluster and beyond

Sebastian Dom (UGent)
(2018)
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KONGOKING (Political centralization, economic integration and language evolution in Central Africa: An interdisciplinary approach to the early history of the Kongo kingdom.)
Abstract
This PhD deals with the semantics of two major parts of the Bantu verbal system, namely derivation and tense/aspect, from a comparative and diachronic perspective. With respect to derivation, the aim of the PhD is to relate a number of verbal affixes, which are found throughout Bantu, to the grammatical category of “middle voice”. With respect to tense/aspect, one aim of the PhD is to present a first large-scale comparative overview of the most common tense/aspect constructions in the Kikongo Language Cluster from which i) Proto-Bantu retentions and ii) innovations from different stages in time can be identified. The isoglosses of the most common tense/aspect constructions can be confronted with the isoglosses of lexically-based phylogenetic subgroups, where both similarities and mismatches between the two provide relevant information about language history. A second aim of the study is to describe the diachrony of tense/aspect constructions and paradigms on the basis of different methods, such as the Comparative Method and/or Diachronic Corpus Linguistics.
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Bantu, Kikongo, Kikongo Language Cluster, verbal derivation, middle voice, tense/aspect, Comparative Method, Diachronic Corpus Linguistics

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Dom, Sebastian. 2018. “Bantu Verbal Derivation and Tense/aspect from a Historical-comparative Perspective : the Kikongo Language Cluster and Beyond”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.
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Dom, S. (2018). Bantu verbal derivation and tense/aspect from a historical-comparative perspective : the Kikongo Language Cluster and beyond. Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent, Belgium.
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Dom S. Bantu verbal derivation and tense/aspect from a historical-comparative perspective : the Kikongo Language Cluster and beyond. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy; 2018.
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Dom, Sebastian. “Bantu Verbal Derivation and Tense/aspect from a Historical-comparative Perspective : the Kikongo Language Cluster and Beyond.” 2018 : n. pag. Print.
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  author       = {Dom, Sebastian},
  keyword      = {Bantu,Kikongo,Kikongo Language Cluster,verbal derivation,middle voice,tense/aspect,Comparative Method,Diachronic Corpus Linguistics},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {XVIII, 294},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Bantu verbal derivation and tense/aspect from a historical-comparative perspective : the Kikongo Language Cluster and beyond},
  year         = {2018},
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