n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - The spectrum of the - relative tenses of Zulu

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



The inadequate and inappropriate descriptions of the so-called continuous past tenses or compound tenses of the African languages in general and Zulu in particular, supplied in the standard grammars and other literature on the topic, have resulted in students and teachers of these languages being unable to understand these tenses properly. There is no source that provides a systematic account of the full spectrum of relative tenses or the contractions that take place in these tense forms. This article offers a concise and apt description of these tense forms that are more appropriately called relative tenses. In this article the focus is on the morphological form and semantic content of these tense forms.

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