Object marking and aspect in Sandawe

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2008
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2002
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Research in Khoisan Studies 22;
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20 pages+pages 67-86
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The intention of this paper is to describe some formal and functional features of object marking in Sandawe, a Khoisan language spoken by approximately 40,000 people in central Tanzania. In section 2 below, it is shown how the verb can be marked in agreement with an object by means of agreement morphemes or other stem changes. The next section considers how under certain circumstances a NP can itself be marked as an object. Section 4 looks at the interaction between object marking and aspect. It is claimed that a verb which contains object marking functions as a perfective verb, whereas a verb without object marking functions as an imperfective verb. These two verb types exhibit contrasting behaviour when they occur in constructions which are used to express other aspectual differences.
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Published
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Tanzania
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Sandawe
object marking
aspect
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Sonja Ermisch, eds., Khoisan Languages and Linguistics. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium. January 8-12, 2006, Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal. Research in Khoisan Studies 22; Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe. 9783896451507
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65389