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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches$
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Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown, and Andrew Hippisley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264102

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.001.0001

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

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

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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Jeff Good

British Academy

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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