publication . Article . 2012

Kiinimacho cha mahali: kiambishi tamati cha mahali -ni

Schadeberg, Thilo C.; Samsom, Ridder;
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  • Published: 30 Nov 2012
Abstract
The locative suffix -ni: In this article we discuss two hypotheses about the origin of the locative suffix -ni. The better known hypothesis (Raum 1909; Meinhof 1941/42) assumes that the suffix -(i)ni developed out of a class 18 demonstrative, though the details of the assumed phonological changes have never been made clear. The competing hypothesis by Sacleux (1939) suggests that locative nouns with -ni started out as compounds with the noun ini `liver´. We think that this second hypothesis is phonologically more plausible and that it also accounts for the specific link with the meaning of class 18 `inside´. Comparison of the spread of the locative suffix -(i)ni...
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free text keywords: Swahili; Linguistik; Lokativ; Suffix, Swahili, Linguistik, Lokativ, Suffix, Swahili, linguistics, lokative, suffix, ddc:496
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