Ezekiel Komolafe Olusanya
More on Yorùbá Prefix oní
One of the productive prefixes in Yorùbálangu is the oní morpheme. However, there has been some controversies as to whether the morpheme is a single
unit (oní) or two (o+ní). There is also some controversy concerning the meaning of the morpheme. While the latter school semantically
analyses the morpheme as "someone who owns x" the former school is silent about its meaning probably because oní words could be ambiguous. This
paper revisits the arguments about the form and semantic of oní words. The paper’s analysis supports the argument that oní is a single unit
and that the meaning of oní word is dependent on the shared understanding between the interlocutors.