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Ndugu yangu (i-angu) baba zetu (zi-etu) “my sibling” “our fathers” In all contexts other than the possessive pronouns, close relationship terms prompt the use of a prefix agreement in class [mu-yu,a/wa-wa], that is, a class agreement that is animacybased. The following examples (14–15) illustrate the dual application of the prefix-based and animacy-based agreement triggered by the noun ndugu “siblings(s)”, in both singular and plural (the dashed arrows show the prefix-based agreement, whereas the solid arrows show the animacy-based agreement).

Simple disyllabic forms of the verb “have” as those in (4c) are also unaccented. (3) Pronoun stems -enye and -enyewe with the prefix mu- in the animate class a. b. Mwalímu mwenye ujúzi/Walímu wenye ujúzi “A knowledgeable teacher (lit. ‘with knowledge’)/Knowledgeable teachers (lit. ‘with knowledge’)” Mwalímu mwenyéwe amecheléwa/Walímu wenyéwe wamecheléwa “The teacher himself is late/The teachers themselves are late” (4) Pronoun stems -enye and -enyewe with regular prefixes (li-/ya-, i-/zi-) in non-animate classes a.

We are looking for him. ) We will imitate you (you all). 1. g. g. demonstrative -le “that/those”), and verbs that depend on that noun in a given phrase or sentence. 1, nouns that prompt the use of the same type of agreement prefixes are said to belong to the same “class” (a “noun class” is defined as a set of nouns that trigger the same types of agreement; see Corbett 1991). 2. Non-animate status and prefix-based classes The classes for non-animate nouns depend exclusively on the form of their prefixes or their lack of a prefix.

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