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Tense Sensitivity of Shambala Relative Markers

Salehe Kaoneka

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This article goes a step ahead from the focus of relative clause formation strategies in Shambala provided in previous Shambala studies (c.f. Besha, 200; and Riedel, 2009). It describes relative formation strategies in the Shambala Bantu language (G.23) by focusing on the analysis of the constraints posed by relative markers on tense systems of the language. The study reveals three important issues: first, the positioning of the Shambala relative markers is highly constrained by tense; second, in unmarked situations, every relative marker is restricted to a particular tense; and third, when marked, some relative markers may refer to other tenses by means of the auxiliaries ka- and –za-.

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Keywords: relative clause, relative marker, Shambala; tense sensitivity; -features

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