Edited by Elena Mihas, Bernard Perley, Gabriel Rei-Doval and Kathleen Wheatley
[Studies in Language Companion Series 142] 2013
► pp. 97–118
This analysis responds to Michael Noonan’s call to embrace the messiness and complexities of grammar found in natural language use, continuing the tradition of undertaking rich, deep investigations of a critically endangered, under-documented language (Nar, Tibeto-Burman, Nepal). It is an examination of the polysemy between a set of non-finite and finite markers in Nar. This paper revises Noonan’s labeling to better reflect their distribution in varied contexts. Non-finite -ce is analyzed as a perfective converb and -te is an imperfective converb, as demonstrated via syntactic and semantic properties. In final position, -ce is a gnomic perfective aspect marker and final -te is a general imperfective aspect marker. These labels more accurately reflect their situational and temporal semantics.
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