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La negazione in swahili. Un viaggio nel labirinto della grammatica

Marina Castagneto

Abstract


Verbal negation in Kiswahili. A journey in the labyrinth of grammar. This work presents a description of negation in Kiswahili. After a short exposition of the morphological patterns of negation in Kiswahili, explained in the frame of the Proto-Bantu reconstruction, an analysis of possible grammaticalization paths will be attempted in order to explain: 1) the formal identity of the post-initial negation morpheme, of the negative copula and of the first person agreement marker of pre-initial negation (si); 2) the presence of a double paradigm of conditional; 3) the negative future morpheme -toin the Zanzibar variety of Kiswahili.

 

KEYWORDS: Negation, verbal morphology, Kiswahili, Bantu languages, grammaticalization




DOI: https://doi.org/10.13130/1972-9901/11717

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ISSN 1972-9901 - Registrato presso il Tribunale di Milano al n. 387 (24 giugno 2008)

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