Sheila Mmusi's research while affiliated with University of Limpopo and other places

Publications (5)

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Illness representations have been shown to differ across cultures. The aim of the study was to study disease terminology and lay prototypes among a Northern Sotho community in South Africa. The sample for a free listing of disease terms included 41 (55%) women and 34 (45%) men, with a mean age of 36 years (SD=5.6, range 18 to 75 years). The sample...
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Locative inversion has often been treated as an unaccusativity phenomenon in languages as typologically different as English and Chichewa (e.g. Bresnan 1990). Yet Bantu languages show some diversity in the thematic structure of verbs that can occur with locative inversion and related expletive/impersonal constructions. This paper provides a detaile...
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The urge to label others is a universal phenomenon that is attested in all of the world's languages. South African English, a transplanted language according to Kachru (1990), distinguishes itself from other varieties of English through its unique ethnic labeling terminology. Throughout South African history, the indigenous peoples received a good...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 225-229). Photocopy.

Citations

... Mmusi 1998und Frydman 2011.Das Deutsche ist Tab. 47.1 unter "other" mit anderen Minderheitensprachen zusammengefasst. ...
... Maria 1SM-study-PRES 'Changana, Mary studies.' (Duarte, 2011:83) These examples suggest that in Changana, topicalized elements are interpreted as old information and therefore definite. This analysis is in compliance with the view that in Bantu languages, VP-internal material tend to be interpreted as new information or focus while preverbal elements (topics) are interpreted as old information (see Bokamba, 1976Bokamba, , 1979Bresnan & Mchombo, 1987;Machobane, 1987;Demuth & Mmusi, 1997;Demuth & Harford, 1999). ...
... Tswana belongs to the Sotho-Tswana group of Southern Bantu languages (S30 in Guthrie's (1967Guthrie's ( -1971 classification), together with Southern Sotho (Sesotho), Northern Sotho (Sepedi) and Lozi (Silozi). There are several descriptions available in the linguistic literature on aspects of the tonal system of these languages (see Ziervogel,1 Lombard & Mokgokong 1969, Lombard 1976, Monareng 1992 for Northern Sotho; Khoali 1991 for Southern Sotho;Mmusi 1992, Chebanne, Creissels & Nkhwa 1997, Creissels 1999. Tone has a lexical and a grammatical function in Tswana. ...