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Lecture | This time for Africa! Series

Impersonal feelings in Makhuwa

Date
Friday 5 November 2021
Time
Series
This Time for Africa!
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
202

Abstract

Makhuwa-Enahara (P31, northern Mozambique) has various ways of expressing bodily feelings and emotions. In this presentation, we first provide an overview of how various bodily feelings and emotions are expressed, showing a difference in the experiencer as subject or object. We discover an unexpected construction (illustrated below) showing no tense marking and an ambiguous subject marker, which we then investigate in detail: could this be a default inversion construction, or rather a nominalisation?

(1)           okíríípá nríma

               o-ki-riip-a                             nrima

               X-1sg.om-be.dark.fv        3.heart

               ‘I am feeling sad.’ 

                lit. ‘The heart is dark to me.’

(2)           okívóla ntthóna / etála / ekhóve

               o-ki-vol-a                             ntthona / etala /               ekhove

               X-1sg.om-torment-fv      5.thirst / 9.hunger /        9.sleep

               ‘I'm thirsty / hungry / sleepy.’

               lit. ‘I am plagued by thirst / hunger / sleep.’

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