Object marking in isiZulu

  • Jochen Zeller


I examine object marking in the Nguni language isiZulu, focusing specifically on those properties that are subject to micro-parametric variation within the Bantu family. This includes the occurrence of object markers in object relative clauses and in double object constructions, and the correlation between object marking and dislocation. I also address the extent to which my findings support either a pronoun- or an object agreement-analysis of object markers. My results provide support for the idea that object markers in isiZulu are in the process of changing from pronominal clitics into agreement markers.

Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 2012, 30(2): 219–235

Author Biography

Jochen Zeller
Linguistics Programme, School of Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban King George V Avenue, Durban 4041

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1727-9461
print ISSN: 1607-3614