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Title: The Ki-Nata Noun Structure
Authors: Gambarage, Joash Johannes
Keywords: African Languages
Benue-Kongo Languages
Niger-Congo Languages
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: University of Dar es Salaam
Abstract: This study presents a descriptive analysis of Ki-Nata noun structure. The only descriptive study on Ki-Nata is that of Mekacha (1985) that only touches upon a few aspects of the noun structure. In the light of recent researches and approaches to linguistic analyses, there are peculiarities so striking and so unlike the Ki-Nata language spoken today that the author has felt it important to work on. The study is based on the major assumption of Lexical Phonology, which is level ordered-morphology. The basic insight of level ordered-morphology is that derivational and inflectional processes of languages can be arranged in a series of levels. This derives from the line of argument by Kiparsky (1982) that morphological rules are sensitive to any output of phonological rules. Thus, phonological rules operate alongside with morphology in the lexicon. The work is organised into four chapters. Chapter One presents background information to the study such as statement of the problem, objectives and significance of the study, research hypotheses, theoretical framework, literature review and the sound inventory of Ki-Nata. Chapter Two presents an overview of the Bantu Noun Structure making reference to three aspects: augment, noun class prefix and nominal derivation. Chapter Three discusses the Ki-Nata noun structure based on such aspects as noun augments, nominal prefixes, singular-plural pairing of the noun prefixes and nominal derivation processes. Chapter Four gives the summary and conclusion.
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