Abstract

Abstract:

This paper compares the aspectual and modal systems in two dialects of Puyuma—Nanwang and Katripul—and as a basis for the reconstruction of the protosystem. In modern Puyuma dialects, there is an asymmetry between Actor Voice (av) and Undergoer Voice (uv) in terms of the aspectual/modal value that they may be used to denote. In both dialects, av clauses show a realis vs. irrealis distinction. In Nanwang, uv clauses display the same dichotomy (realis vs. irrealis), but in Katripul the distinction is between perfective vs. imperfective. Based on these facts, I argue that Proto-Puyuma was an aspect-prominent language; that is, the major distinction in its aspectual/modal system was between perfective/imperfective.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 303-334
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-12
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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