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Whomever It Concerns—Notions of Control, Initiation and Affectedness in Expressions of Body-Centred Activities in Mbembe

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This chapter presents Body-centred activities in Mbembe (Benue-Congo, Central Jukunoid) to include physical processes as well as cognition, perception and emotion. These can be referred to by different classes of verbs. Certain verbs are specific to one body-centred activity, while others can describe different activities or be used in other contexts. Depending on the class of the verb as well as on the meaning expressed in the respective context the arguments are realised in different ways. For example, verbs which can be used in contexts other than body-centred activities often require an explicit reference to the body of the referent performing or being affected by the activity. Further in-depth studies are needed to fully understand expressions of body centred activities in Mbembe, especially in the cases where verbs of different semantic classes combine to describe new meanings.

Keywords: body-centred activities; cognition; emotion; mbembe; perception; verb



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