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Like many Bantu languages, nouns in Kinyakyusa typically have a so-called ‘augment’, an initial vowel preceding the noun class prefix (glossed as aug). u-mu-ndu (aug-1-person) ‘a/the person’ a-ma-bifu (aug-6-banana) ‘(the) bananas’ Interestingly, in addition to the V augment, Kinyakyusa also features what has been called a CV augment (glossed as the noun class number). ju-mu-ndu (1-1-person) ‘only a person’ ga-ma-bifu (6-6-banana) ‘only bananas’ In this talk we show that the so-called CV “augment” is not actually an augment, but rather a marker of exhaustivity, as shown in various tests.