Original Articles

Locative and comparative ku- in Xhosa

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 6, issue 2, 1986 , pages: 79–90
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1986.10586656
Author(s): R., M.M. Malinga,


The aim of this article is to investigate the structure, usage, and meaning of the locative and the comparative ku- in Xhosa After evaluating these, they are compared and contrasted in order to see whether any differences can be detected between the two ku-'s or whether they have the same meaning. This is done within the scope of Chomsky's Revised Extended Standard Theory (REST). This investigation also pays heed to the noun phrase structure rules as well as the [Xbar]-theory propounded by Chomsky and further developed by Jackendoff. The arguments on the comparative and the preposition are mainly based on the work of Bresnan and Hendrick.

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