n Acta Academica - Suffixes in Zulu place names

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 0587-2405


In some place names, the components and are thus frequently considered to be the Zulu locative suffix, even when they are not preceded by the expected or . A Bushman influence may be identified on the basis of these suffixes occurring in a significant number of instances as to constitute a toponymically productive pattern. In other words, if a component occurs in a sufficient number of toponyms, as indicative of a feature-type designator, that component when tested for an ancient origin may prove to be an ancient generic term.

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