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ERIC Number: ED035859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Pages: 14
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The Semantic Content of Class in Bantu and Its Syntactic Significance.
Der-Houssikian, Haig
Class in Bantu and its syntactic significance is discussed with reference to gender in Indo-European and semantic/syntactic features of nouns. On the basis of modern Bantu evidence and the comparative method, a maximum of 21 classes have been posited for proto-Bantu. The striking difference in the number of classes posited for proto-Bantu and individual Bantu languages is due to the counting system and the status of certain classes. The semantic content of class in Bantu languages has syntactic significance only to the extent that it corresponds to the semantic/syntactic features of the noun, and to that extent class is irrelevant. The semantic features ascribed to the respective classes in proto-Bantu are based on the predominance of such features across Bantu languages in corresponding classes. Listed and discussed are selected classes of proto-Bantu and their semantic features ascribed to them in current linguistic literature. (Author/AMM)
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Note: Paper prepared for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 6-8, 1969