SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Auxiliary constructions in Ngoreme and Simbiti: a descriptive account

This project constitutes primary research on two Bantu languages spoken in the Mara region of Tanzania: Ngoreme and Simbiti. These languages are both under-described and our current state of knowledge comes about through broader comparative work being carried out in the region. The project seeks to address this gap and will constitute the first comprehensive description of the tense-aspect systems of Ngoreme and Simbiti, with a focus on auxiliary constructions. The project involves a period of field-based research with native speakers of the two languages in Tanzania, followed by data analysis and the establishment of a digital corpus.

This project runs from September 2015 to September 2016 and is funded by a British Academy Small Grant (SG150027).


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