Iterative-Reciprocal Polysemy in Logoori

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Dokumentart: InProceedings (Aufsatz / Paper einer Konferenz etc.)
Date: 2019-12-05
Language: English
Faculty: 9 Sonstige / Externe
Department: Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
490 - Other languages
Keywords: Linguistik , Semantik , Bantu
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The affix -an in Logoori (Luhya, Bantu) is used to mark iterated events and reciprocal situations. I illustrate that this dual use reflects a single meaning: -an is an event-pluralizer which cumulatively pluralizes semantically monovalent events, a category which includes reciprocal events. The analysis predicts -an’s morpho-syntactic and semantic distribution. An outcome of the analysis is that reciprocity is emergent in Logoori, i.e., it is a result of putting together independently needed semantic processes (Heim et al., 1991). Finally, I discuss cross-linguistic variation in reciprocal “polysemy,” focusing in particular on cognate -an’s across Narrow Bantu languages.

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