The Verb in Nyakyusa
A focus on tense, aspect, and modality
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.
Keywordsmbeya region; verb; tanzania; modality; aspect; tense; bantu languages; Aguna language; Clitic; Nyakyusa language; Past tense; Perfective aspect; Simple present; Subject (grammar); Subjunctive mood
PublisherLanguage Science Press
Publication date and place2017
SeriesContemporary African Linguistics, 2