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It does not have the sense to tell them apart. So by its barking, you cannot know whether a thief is outside or has entered your house at night. It barks on and on because of whisperings from nearby and noises [makelele, Cl. 6] from far away. The result is that you cannot even sleep properly. In examples (a) and (b) “noise” is relatively individuated: in (a) ukelele refers to a single cry made by a single person and in (b) kelele (with singular agreement) refers to a disturbance made by one person who repeats the same utterance twice.

9/10], the skies, heaven is the most used form, and is sometimes used as sing. [emphasis mine, ECM]. In this case we seem to have two singulars (one Cl. 9/10, one Cl. 11) “corresponding” to one plural (Cl. 9/10, differentiated from singular by agreement pattern). A search through Swahili texts reveals that all of these options are exploited, as shown by the following examples: (6) a. b. c. Shairi la “Maomboloezo ya Mtu Masikini” limejazana tamathali zenye kuonyesha undani wa dhiki za mtu masikini kama vile “panya wa uhitaji”, “simba wa ubeberu”, “matiti ya uwingu wenye ubahili”.

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