30 Aug Get in touch with and improve at the northern Bantu borderlands, SOAS, University of London
This Linguistics seminar titled “Get in touch with and improve at the northern Bantu borderlands” was presented by Hannah Gibson (SOAS) at SOAS, University of London on 17th February 2015.
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The Rift Valley spot of central and northern Tanzania is special in becoming the only spot wherever languages from all four African language phyla are located. It is a location with a sustained heritage of language get in touch with, prolonged characterised by patterns of bi- and multilingualism, as nicely as language change.
The Bantu language Rangi spoken in central Tanzania displays a term get in which the auxiliary seems write-up-verbally in restricted contexts (one).
(one) maama jót-a a-ri maaji mpoli Rangi
one.mom gather-FV SM1-AUX 6.drinking water later
‘Mother will gather drinking water later’
This get is unusual in the context of East African Bantu wherever auxiliary-verb get predominates. It is also unusual from a typological point of view wherever SVO languages are commonly linked with auxiliary-verb buying. It has been proposed that this feature is the outcome of sustained get in touch with with non-Bantu languages spoken in the linguistic spot (Mous 2000, Nurse 2000, Stegen 2002:189, Dunham 2005). Alternatively, it has been suggested that these capabilities might be better recognized by reference to language-internal, grammaticalisation processes (Mous 2000, Nurse 2000, Gibson 2013).
Even so, Rangi is not alone among Bantu languages in exhibiting write-up-verbal auxiliary placement. Current research has discovered 5 other languages spoken in Tanzania and Kenya in which verb-auxiliary buying can be located: Mbugwe, Gusii, Kuria, Ngoreme and Suba-Simbiti. The current chat offers a descriptive account of this framework and asks to what extent the existence of this non-canonical term get can be deemed the outcome of get in touch with-induced improve, and to what extent it can be deemed the outcome of language-internal system of grammaticalisation.