The Verb in Nyakyusa: A focus on tense, aspect, and modality (Second edition)

Bastian Persohn  


Nyakyusa is an underdescribed Bantu language spoken by around 800.000 speakers in the Mbeya Region of Tanzania. This book provides a detailled description of the verb in this language. The topics covered include the complex morphophonological and morphological processes as well as verb-to-verb derivation, copula verbs and grammaticalized verbs of motion. The main body of the book consists of a detailed description of tense, aspect and modality constructions, which includes not only an in-depth discussion of their sentence level semantics, but also of their patterns of employment in discourse.


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Bastian Persohn

Bastian Persohn completed his MA in General Linguistics at the University of Münster before receiving his PhD from the University of Cologne. His research interests include semantics, pragmatics, morphology and the grammar-lexicon interface.

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December 28, 2020
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Persohn, Bastian. 2020. The Verb in Nyakyusa: A focus on tense, aspect, and modality (Second edition). (Contemporary African Linguistics 2). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4287412


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