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Title:Comparative tense and aspect in the Mara Bantu languages: towards a linguistic history
Abstract:Through the elicitation of 91 Swahili sentences and the collection of one oral text, this research compares the TAM systems of several Mara Bantu languages (Tanzania/Kenya) with the aim of finding any shared “individual-identifying” innovations (Nichols 1996) that can either affirm Mara as a coherent genetic linguistic sub-group (Schoenbrun 1990) or point toward a different historical scenario. A secondary goal is to provide a preliminary linguistic description of the TAM systems of five Mara languages: Ikizu (JE402, [ikz]), Ikoma (JE45, [ntk]), Kabwa (JE405, [cwa]), Simbiti (JE431, [ssc]), and Zanaki (JE44, [zak]). The research concludes that there is sufficient “individual-identifying” evidence from TAM systems to validate both a North Mara and a South Mara sub­group (Schoenbrun 1990). There is not, on the other hand, a sufficient base of shared “individual-identifying” innovations to propose a unique proto-Mara TAM system uniting North Mara and South Mara at a post-proto-Great Lakes phase of development.
Contributor (author):Walker, John B.
Contributor (editor):Pelkey, Jamin
Allison, Sean
Stegen, Oliver
Date (W3CDTF):2013
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/55388
Extent:308 pages
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):TZ
Subject:Kabwa language
Ikizu language
Ikoma-Nata-Isenye language
Suba-Simbiti language
Zanaki language
Mara; Bantu; TAM; comparative; Tense; Aspect; Tanzania
Subject (ISO639):cwa
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Walker, John B. 2013. SIL Language and Culture Archives.
Terms: area_Africa area_Europe country_GB country_TZ dcmi_Text iso639_cwa iso639_eng iso639_ikz iso639_ntk iso639_ssc iso639_zak olac_language_description olac_primary_text

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Country: Tanzania
Area: Africa

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