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The Semantics of Locative Clitics and Locative Applicatives in ciCewa
Silvester Ron Simango
141-149 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The locative applicative affix and the locative clitic regularly appear on the ciCewa verb, either in combination or separately. This study demonstrates that these morphemes do more than merely establishing the location in which a particular event occurred. The locative clitic links the theme argument to the location as a 'source' or 'goal' depending on the type of verb. The applicative affix, on the other hand, links the event itself to the location. This paper argues that when both morphemes appear on the verb the location is not only identified as the site at which a particular event occurred; it also means that the effects of that event are still present at that location and may have a bearing on a subsequent event due to occur at the same location.

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Selected Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Contact
edited by Bruce Connell and Nicholas Rolle
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