Keywords: Nature and Status, Morpheme “Tʃe” In Limbum


In Limbum, a GrassfieldBantu language spoken in the Nkambe plateau of the North West Region of Cameroon, there exists the morphemetʃe. This morpheme has various interpretations depending on the context in which it is used. Due to the fact that in the various contexts where this morpheme can be used, its phonetic shape is same, in linguistic analysis and in the elaboration of didactic materials, the explanations or the meanings attributed to this morpheme in these contexts has been problematic to teachers of the language and those elaborating didactic materials for the language; it is the aim of this paper to bring to the lamp light the various uses of this morpheme and with illustrative sentences, bring out its different meanings/functions. In terms of theoretical orientation, I use an eclectic approach: the Structuralist Framework as propounded by de Saussure and his followers and Chomsky’s Minimalist Program.Tthe former aids in explaining the linear succession of elements and their relationship in Limbum sentence, while the latter, while capitalizing on the linear order, provides explanations on word order variation of this morpheme in the syntax.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography


Department Of African Languages And Linguistics

University Of Yaounde


ABNEY, S. P. (1987).The English Noun Phrase in its Sentencial Aspect. (Ph.D dissertation), MIT
__________ (2004) ‘Topic and Focus within D’ in L. Cornips& J. Doetjes (eds). Linguistics in the Netherlands 21:1-12
BINAM BIKOI, C. (ed) (2012) “Cartographie Administrative des langues du Cameroun : Administrative atlas of Cameroun (AAC). CERDOTOLA, Yaounde
CARSTEN, V. M. (1991)The Morphology and Syntax of Derterminer Phrases in Kiswahili. Ph.D dissertation, UCLA
Chan H. Y. and Claire W (2006). Relative clauses: An Overview. Typology Research Group, Academia Sinica
CHOMSHY, N. (1965)Aspects of the Theory of Syntx. Cambridgez, Mass. MIT Press
_________ (1995)The Minimalist Program. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press
DIEU, M. et Renaud P. (eds) (1983) “Atlas Linguistique de l’Afrique Centrale (ALAC) : Atlas Linguistique du Cameroun (ALAM) ; acct Paris CERDOTOLA : DARST, TSH ,Yaounde.
KOUANKEM, C. (2010)The Syntax of the Mdmb Determiner Phrase. (Ph.D dissertation), University of Yaounde 1
KUTEVA, T. and B. COMRIE, (2004)” The Typology of Relative Clause formation in Afrrican Languages”. in F. K. Erhard Voeltz (ed). Studies in African Linguistic Typology. John Benjamins Publishing Company. Vol. 64.
NKEMNJI, M. (1995)Heavy Pied-Pipng in Nweh. (Ph.D dissertation), UCLA.
RADFORD, A. (2004)English Syntax: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.
RIZZI, L. (1997) “The Fine Structure of the Left Periphery” in Lilian Haegeman (ed) Elements of Grammar. Dordrecht, Kluwer.
_______ (2001) “On the Position ‘Interrogatives’ in the Left Periphery of the Clause” in
G. Cinque and G. Salvi (eds) Current Studies in Italian Syntax Offered to Lorenzo BenziElsever, Armsterdam. Pp 287-296.
How to Cite
NDAMSAH, G. (2021). ON THE NATURE AND STATUS OF THE MORPHEME “TʃE” IN LIMBUM. GPH-International Journal of Educational Research, 4(04), 01-13. Retrieved from http://gphjournal.org/index.php/er/article/view/400