Change-of-state paradigms and the middle in Kinyarwanda

Author: 
Jerro, Kyle
Publisher: 
NISC
Date published: 
2018
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Journal Title: 
Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
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Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies , Vol. 36, No. 3, 2018, pp. 235-260
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This article investigates the derivational relationships among members of verbal paradigms in Kinyarwanda (Bantu JD61; Rwanda) by pursuing two interrelated goals. First, I describe a variety of derivational strategies for marking transitive and intransitive variants in change-of-state verb paradigms. Second, I focus on the detransitivising morpheme -ik which serves as one possible marking for intransitive members of these paradigms. Ultimately, I argue that this morpheme is a marker of middle voice, and the variety of readings which appear with this form can be subsumed under a single operation of argument suppression. Finally, I provide a discussion of reflexives and the apparent lack of a reflexive reading with -ik by arguing that this reading is blocked by either lexical reflexives or the reflexive prefix i-.

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CITATION: Jerro, Kyle. Change-of-state paradigms and the middle in Kinyarwanda . : NISC , 2018. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies , Vol. 36, No. 3, 2018, pp. 235-260 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/change-state-paradigms-and-middle-kinyarwanda

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