Original Articles

Neuter verbal extensions in Southern Sotho

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 14, issue 2, 1994 , pages: 78–82
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1994.10587034
Author(s): Gerda MischkeDepartment of African Languages, Republic of South Africa

Abstract

A re-evaluation is done of the morphemes representing the neuter in Southern Sotho. Explanations are presented which could possibly solve the question why some verbal roots can be extended by all three of the morphemes representing the neuter, while other roots accommodate only one or two of these morphemes. Verbal roots expressing stativeness or inchoativeness appear not to be extendable by means of the neuter in Southern Sotho. The neuter extensions namely modify the semantics of the verbal root to such an extent that the extended root then expresses the ability of the grammatical subject to be in a specific state. This state is such that the grammatical subject can be subjected to the action expressed by the verbal root.

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