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Volume 70, Issue 1


Plurality and pluractionality in Kanuri

Norbert Cyffer
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Published Online: 2017-03-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0006


When taking a closer look at plurality and pluraction in Kanuri, the first impression is refuted, that this is a fruitless topic. While the common pluralization of nouns is uniform, there are some nominals, which have a pluralic base and, therefore, have to be singularized. Regular plurals are executed by a suffixation to the respective noun. Other pluralic forms, e. g. the collective plural, appear as cliticized modifiers of a noun phrase. Patterns of pronoun plurals are: a) different forms in singular and plural, b) pluralization of the singular. Pluraction in the verbal complex is done by reduplication. However, we can detect – nowadays defunct – inflectional processes.

Keywords: Kanuri; Saharan; pluralization; pluractionals; reduplication


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Published Online: 2017-03-02

Published in Print: 2017-04-01

Citation Information: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, Volume 70, Issue 1, Pages 93–115, ISSN (Online) 2196-7148, ISSN (Print) 1867-8319, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0006.

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