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A critique of ‘A re-evaluation of tense in isiZulu’

Lionel Posthumus
Literator | Vol 37, No 1 | a1349 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v37i1.1349 | © 2016 Lionel Posthumus | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 September 2016 | Published: 27 October 2016

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Lionel Posthumus, Department of African Languages, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is a response to Groenewald’s 2014 article, ‘A re-evaluation of tense in isiZulu’. Sub-themes identified in Groenewald’s article and explored in this exposé in the light of an array of recently published research on the topic of tense are: the suitability of the distinction between absolute and relative tense and the use of the term ‘absolute tense’; the appropriateness of defining tense in terms of deixis; the remoteness distinctions in terms of past and future tenses generally distinguished in the Bantu languages with particular reference to isiZulu; the semantic significance of the use of the so-called short and long forms of the present and past tenses of isiZulu and the naming of the individual tenses.

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