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Rasmus Bernander

Doctoral student

Rasmus Bernander
Doctoral student
African languages
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Room number: H710
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 7 , 41256 Göteborg

Department of Languages & Literatures (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Rasmus Bernander


The aim of my dissertation is to offer a linguistic description of the verbal paradigm in a language called Manda (N11), a small and poorly documented Bantu language spoken along the southeastern shores of Lake Malawi (Nyasa) in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

Manda is not only situated at a border geographically but also linguistically, as there are indications that historically it has belonged to one subgroup of Bantu languages but that under the ravages of time it has undergone language changes due to heavy influence from another subgroup.

The Bantu language family that Manda belongs to is known for its “verbiness”, i.e. that a whole clause or even a whole sentence can be encoded on a single verb using various inflections and derivations, commonly including up to four pasts and three future markers. Thus, it is crucial for a comprehensive conclusion of the structure and evolution of this language to study its verbal morphology. The study will rely on historical-comparative and typological theories in order to give a proper account and explanation for the synchronic state of the verbal paradigm of Manda by covering various diachronic as well as ongoing processes of grammaticalization, reanalysis and other cognitive and contact induced changes.

Data will be collected through cooperation with mother tongue speakers in the language community and by using various forms of elicitation and other techniques for capturing an undescribed language.

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