Ann Hidah Gatakaa Kĩnyua1

Assistant Lecturer of English, Chuka University

Chuka

 

Abstract

Tense and aspect marking in Bantu languages is morphological. This means that on the agglutinated verb certain morphemes are affixed to denote different temporal and aspectual dimensions. The forms of these morphemes vary from language to language. This paper seeks to analyze the morphemes that mark tense and aspect on the Kĩmwĩmbĩ verb, a Kenyan Bantu language. The data has been presented in the light of of the Principles and Parameters theory. Data was obtained through subjecting respondents to a structure generations exercise geared towards production of verbs in various tense and aspect dimensions. Data analysis was meant to identify the tense and aspect distinctions in Kĩmwĩmbĩ and the corresponding morphological marking on the agglutinated verb.

Key words- Morpheme, perfect, perfective, mood, deixis.

Tense and Aspect Marking in Kĩmwĩmbĩ

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