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Title:An augmentative noun class in Tsonga
Author:Wyk, E.B. vanISNI
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:Tsonga language
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020185708707010
Abstract:In 1953 the author discoveres this special noun class, not mentioned before by students of the language. It is reminiscent of class 21 as found in certain other Bantu languages, but the phonology of its prefix, ji-, indicates that it cannot immediately be connected with class 21. It seems that it results from a fusion of classes 5 and 21, although other theories may possibly also explain its etymology. This class is unique inthat it has its own concords and pronouns, where as class 21 usually takes those of vlass 5 in the languages in which it occurs.