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Ponsiano Kanijo

Doctoral student

Ponsiano Kanijo
Doctoral student
African languages
+46 31 786 6430

Room number: H736 A
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 41256 Göteborg

Department of Languages & Literatures (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

About Ponsiano Kanijo


I obtained my M.A. in Linguistics and B.A. in Education at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Currently, I am working as an assistant lecturer in Linguistics at Mkwawa University College of Education, a constituent college of the University of Dar es Salaam located in Iringa, Tanzania.

Research project


This PhD project aims to investigate the way tense and aspect categories in KìNyàmwéézì interact with different types of verbs. To this end, I will first identify the various types of verbs in KìNyàmwéézì by providing their aspectual properties. In a next step, these verbs will be analysed to find out how they interact (co-occur) with different types of verbs. The analysis will involve one of two related theoretical frameworks: the functional approach by Dik (1989) and Sasse’s (1991a) and Breu’s (1985, 1994) models of inherent boundaries.

KìNyàmwéézì is a Bantu language spoken by 796 339 inhabitants of rural and urban areas in the Tabora region, Tanzania. The name KìNyàmwéézì comes from the Swahili verb ku-nya, ‘to defecate’, and the noun mwezi, ‘moon’, and can be translated as ‘people of the moon’, that is, they came from the west where the moon rises.



  • Kanijo, P. (2012). Formatives of Tense and Aspect in the Verbal Construction of KìNyàmwéézì. Unpublished MA Dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.


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