The verbal system of Nupe

Published: January 2020

Author(s): Idris Bida

About Author(s): Fati Lami Abubakar Institute for Legal and Administrative Studies, Kpakungu, Minna, Niger State

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This paper presents a description of the Nupe verbal system and the various ways in which tense, aspect and mood are encoded. Through the description of the structures and uses of the various forms, it attempts to demonstrate how the different conjugations fit together to form a coherent whole, morphologically and semantically. The major grammatical constructions described are the verbal morphology, affixation, complex verbs, nominalization, repetition and serial verb constructions. The study adopts descriptive approach analysis. The study concludes that the function of the Nupe verbal system is related to word order and sentence structure not only at the level of the sentence, but also at the level of discourse.

Key words: Morphology, Nupe, Serial verb, and Typology