Mofosintaksia ya yambwa katika kishazi cha kiswahili
Egara, Brenda Mtdika
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This research will examine the morphosyntactic properties of syntactic objects within the Kiswahili clause. Morphological properties of a language interact with syntax giving forth processes that are analyzed through morphosnytax. Morphosyntax is therefore defined as the interface between morphology and syntax. An object is a post verbal noun phrase/determiner phrase whose existence depends on the verbal structure. The study of syntactic objects in Bantu languages has encountered problems when applying the traditional notions of "direct" and "indirect" objects. The Kiswahili verb can take up to three post verbal positions with the absence of morphological case or clearly definable positions. Other post verbal elements that appear in the form of noun phrases/determiner phrases are either adjuncts or locatives. Additionally, in Kiswahili the primary hood and secondary hood of objects has not received con iderable research. The terms "primary object" and "secondary object" are sometimes used to refer to the two complements in a double object construction when speaking of asymmetric and symmetric languages. This research will seek to identify features of Kiswahili syntactic objects from other post verbal elements. Using the Kiswahili data, our study aims at distinguishing the properties of secondary and primary objects using the criteria laid out of: pronominalization, left-dislocation. relativization, object-agreement, subjectivization and word order. The data for the study will be in the form of independent clauses generated from six Kiswahili transitive verbs purposively selected. Independent clauses to be used in the study will be generated by three respondents after being presented by the six verbs. The clauses will be analyzed using the Minimalist Program. The 2000 revision of the Minimalist Program to accommodate agreement phenomena will be guide the data analysis. The research will be divided into five chapters. Chapter one will give the preliminary details of the research, that is, the background to the study, the research problem, the objectives, literature review and the research methodology. Chapter two will analyze the clausal structure of Kiswahili. In chapter three. the study will discuss the Kiswahili object con truction. In chapter four Kiswahili object marking will be discussed. The last chapter gives the conclusion of the study and areas for further research. The analysis presented will have theoretical, applied and practical benefits to Kiswahili linguistics, Kiswahili language learners and comparative linguists.