Slouching Towards Deponency: A Family of Mismatches in the Bantu Verb Stem<sup>*</sup>

Jeff Good

in Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264102
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734380 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 145

Slouching Towards Deponency: A Family of Mismatches in the Bantu Verb Stem*

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This chapter discusses some morphological idiosyncrasies that involve the four Bantu verbal suffixes. The terms passivization and applicativization are used in the chapter to refer to abstract morphological processes that can be applied to basic verb roots. These can create derived verb stems that show the syntax and semantics that are associated with those terms. Background information on the Bantu verb stem is provided in the second section, while the third section features a simpler morphological irregularity found in the verb stem. The chapter also discusses morphological mismatches in the verb stem and various classes of deponent verb stems.

Keywords: morphological idiosyncrasies; Bantu verbal suffixes; passivization; applicativization; abstract morphological processes; basic verb roots; Bantu verb stems; morphological irregularity; morphological mismatches; deponent verb stems

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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