Senegambian Languages - Noun Classes

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Noun Classes

The West Atlantic languages are defined by their noun-class systems, which are similar to those found in other NigerCongo languages, most famously the Bantu languages. Most West Atlantic, and indeed Niger–Congo, noun-class systems are marked with prefixes, and linguists generally believe that this reflects the proto-Niger–Congo system. The languages of the Fula–Serer branch of Senegambian, however, have noun-class suffixes, or combinations of prefixes and suffixes. Joseph Greenberg argued that the suffixed forms arose from independent post-posed determiners that agreed with the noun class:

CL-Noun CL-Det → CL-Noun-CL → Noun-CL

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