Edited by Esther Pascual and Sergeiy Sandler
[Human Cognitive Processing 55] 2016
► pp. 277–299
Recursive inflection and grammaticalized fictive interaction in the southwestern Amazon
This chapter presents fictive interaction as expressed through recursion of bound person and mood markers in two languages of the southwestern Amazon. In Kwaza (isolate), recursive application of inflectional morphemes prototypically expresses quoted speech. This “quotative” construction has grammaticalized, being used also in purposive and desiderative expressions. Similar constructions are found in neighboring Aikanã (isolate) and Wari’ (Chapakuran). It has grammaticalized completely in Aikanã, expressing future tense, probably under the influence of cultural factors. Since grammaticalized fictive interaction spread areally in regions elsewhere, the quotative construction may also represent one of the areal phenomena in the southwestern Amazon. Grammatical interference from Aikanã in the expression of future tense in Portuguese as a second language suggests that this is a realistic scenario.
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