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On the origins of passive allomorphy in Cuwabo (Bantu P34)

Rozenn Guérois (UGent) and Koen Bostoen (UGent)
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Cuwabo has two different derivational suffixes to form passive verb stems, i.e. -iw and -uw. Unlike in many other Bantu languages, these suffixes are not phonologically conditioned allomorphs of one single morphological passive marker. They are interchangeable as productive passive markers, but -uw has a broader functional range than -iw. The suffix -uw actually is a ‘quasi-middle’ marker as defined by Dom et al.: it semantically focuses the activity expressed by the verb on one single argument, and it syntactically signals the intransitivity of a given verb stem. In this article, it is shown that -uw in Cuwabo is the regular reflex of the Proto-Bantu intransitive separative suffix *-ʊk whose semi-productive intransitivising function as part of a causative/anticausative alternation was functionally broadened to productive passivisation leading to competition with -iw, the inherited reflex of the Proto-Bantu passive suffix *-ibʊ.
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Cuwabo, Bantu, Mozambique, verbal derivation, passive

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Guérois, Rozenn, and Koen Bostoen. 2018. “On the Origins of Passive Allomorphy in Cuwabo (Bantu P34).” Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 36 (3): 211–233.
APA
Guérois, R., & Bostoen, K. (2018). On the origins of passive allomorphy in Cuwabo (Bantu P34). SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES, 36(3), 211–233. Presented at the Workshop on Verbal Derivation and Verb Extensions in Bantu held during the 6th International Conference on Bantu Languages .
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Guérois R, Bostoen K. On the origins of passive allomorphy in Cuwabo (Bantu P34). SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES. Informa UK Limited; 2018;36(3):211–33.
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Guérois, Rozenn, and Koen Bostoen. “On the Origins of Passive Allomorphy in Cuwabo (Bantu P34).” SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES 36.3 (2018): 211–233. Print.
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markers, but -uw has a broader functional range than -iw. The suffix -uw actually is a {\textquoteleft}quasi-middle{\textquoteright}
marker as defined by Dom et al.: it semantically focuses the activity expressed by the verb on one
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  author       = {Gu{\'e}rois, Rozenn and Bostoen, Koen},
  issn         = {1607-3614},
  journal      = {SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Helsinki, FINLAND},
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  pages        = {211--233},
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  title        = {On the origins of passive allomorphy in Cuwabo (Bantu P34)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/16073614.2018.1552167},
  volume       = {36},
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