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What Makhuwa can tell us about the structure of human language

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In this talk, I will take you on a fieldwork journey to Mozambique to discover the peculiarities of a Bantu language named Makhuwa. What is so special about its word order? And how can you use the verb inflection to stress the most important information? After examining some of the fascinating data, I discuss how they can contribute to a universal theory of grammar.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group series.

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