Valensi ya Kitenzi katika Kishazi cha Kiswahili

Ombuna, Onsarigo Victor (2014) Valensi ya Kitenzi katika Kishazi cha Kiswahili. Masters thesis, Kenyatta University.

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This study examines the valency structure of Kiswahili verbs within the Kiswahili independent clause. Verbal valency is herein defined as the inherent ability of a verb to govern a specific number of arguments of a particular type within the structure of an independent clause. Data used in this study was generated by six respondents who were each presented with six different verbs from which they generated the independent clauses used in this study. Verbs presented to the respondents for the purpose of generating data for the current study were selected via a stratified random process from the Kiswahili Oxford Dictionary. Data was analyzed within the Minimalist theoretical framework with the aim of establishing the valency structures of Kiswahili verbs. The study reveals that the basic Kiswahili verb manifests different valency structures dependent on their .syntactic environment. _The avalent, monovalent, divalent, and.;tetravalent structures are all evident in this study. Whilst it could be argued that intransitive verbs do not take direct objects, the data used in this study shows some of the intransitive verbs taking a direct object in the extended intransitive clause. Extended clauses are also noted in a few transitive clauses.Tn such extended transitive clauses, the verb appears to govern a second object in their basic forms so that its valency structure becomes tetravalent. The study also shows that while subject markers are an integral element in the description of verbal valency in Kiswahili, the -use of object markers depend on certain communicative requirements such as the need for specificity and the semantic properties of objects. Finally, the QJrrept "study presented analysis 'en change in valency structures of Kiswahili verbs and herein concludes that change In valency structures ofKiswahili verbs is as a result of morphosyntactic processes.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: Geoffrey Obatsa
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 07:36
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 07:36

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