Verb species relationships of some Nyanja ideophones

In a sample of 1260 Nyanja ideophones, 745 are related, and 515 are unrelated to verbs. Of those related it can be shown that the final vowel is almost invariably the initial element of a racial extension. In the case of disyllabic verb stems it is suggested that they result from the combination of a monosyllabic ideophone and a radical extension. Bibl.

Title: Verb species relationships of some Nyanja ideophones
Author: Nurse, G.T.
Year: 1974
Periodical: African Studies
Volume: 33
Issue: 4
Pages: 227-242
Language: English
Geographic terms: Malawi
Mozambique
Zambia
Subject: Nyanja language
External link: https://doi.org/10.1080/00020187408707437
Abstract: In a sample of 1260 Nyanja ideophones, 745 are related, and 515 are unrelated to verbs. Of those related it can be shown that the final vowel is almost invariably the initial element of a racial extension. In the case of disyllabic verb stems it is suggested that they result from the combination of a monosyllabic ideophone and a radical extension. Bibl.