The expression of diminutivity in Central Ring Grassfields Bantu

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https://doi.org/10.15460/auue.2020.93.1.203

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Central Ring Grassfields Bantu languages, diminutivity, diminutives, noun classes, gender

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Studies on the expression of diminutivity in Bantoid languages of the Cameroonian Grassfields have tended to focus on the role that noun class derivation plays within the familiar Bantu paradigm. A closer look at individual branches of Bantoid, however, reveals a more complex picture, which rather suggests a division of labour between derivational strategies and compounding and/or periphrasis. This contribution zooms in on the languages of the Central Ring (CR) branch of Grassfields Bantu, presenting an overview of diminutivisation strategies found here: the notorious transfer to gender 19/6a, which is at times, accompanied by the addition of a semantically bleached suffix –CV, and periphrasis in associative constructions headed by nouns with inherent diminutive meanings such as ‘child’.

 

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Received

2020-01-28

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2020-03-26

Published

2020-12-31

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Akumbu, P. W., & Kießling, R. (2020). The expression of diminutivity in Central Ring Grassfields Bantu. Afrika Und Übersee, 93(1), 257–280. https://doi.org/10.15460/auue.2020.93.1.203

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