Reconstructing the origins of the Luganda (JE15) modal auxiliaries -sóból- and -yînz- : a historical-comparative study across the West Nyanza Bantu cluster

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dc.contributor.author Kawalya, Deo
dc.contributor.author De Schryver, Gilles-Maurice
dc.contributor.author Bostoen, Koen
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-23T07:57:21Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.description.abstract In this article, a comparison is made of the expression of possibility in West Nyanza Bantu languages in order to reconstruct the origins of Luganda’s two most frequent possibility markers, viz. the near-synonymous auxiliaries -sóból- and -yînz-. Earlier Luganda diachronic corpus-driven analyses showed that -yînz- has been involved in expressing all possibility categories since the 1890s, which is when Luganda was first reduced to writing, while -sóból- acquired deontic possibility as a meaning only in the 1950s. Although this would suggest that -yînz- is the possibility marker with the greatest time depth in Luganda and across West Nyanza, with -sóból- a relative newcomer, the comparative data which is presented in this article indicates the opposite. It is shown that while -yînz- only exists in some West Nyanza languages (namely in the subgroup which includes Luganda, Lusoga and Lugwere), -sóból- is attested in all West Nyanza languages as well as in other Great Lakes Bantu languages outside West Nyanza. The fact that the cognates of -sóból- in all Great Lakes Bantu languages carry a dynamic modal meaning ‘be able’ suggests that its modal usage is older in any of the individual languages considered here than what language-internal Luganda data seems to suggest. en_ZA
dc.description.department African Languages en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-09-23
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rjal20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Deo Kawalya, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver & Koen Bostoen (2018) Reconstructing the origins of the Luganda (JE15) modal auxiliaries -sóból- and -yînz-: A historical-comparative study across the West Nyanza Bantu cluster, South African Journal of African Languages, 38:1, 13-25. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0257-2117 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2305-1159 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 10.1080/02572117.2018.1429855
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/69203
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher NISC (Pty) Ltd and Informa UK Limited (trading as Taylor & Francis Group) en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 NISC (Pty) Ltd. This is an electronic version of an article published in South African Journal of African Languages, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 13-25, 2018. doi : 10.1080/02572117.2018.1429855. South African Journal of African Languages is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/rjal20. en_ZA
dc.subject Luganda (JE15) en_ZA
dc.subject West Nyanza languages en_ZA
dc.title Reconstructing the origins of the Luganda (JE15) modal auxiliaries -sóból- and -yînz- : a historical-comparative study across the West Nyanza Bantu cluster en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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