Aspect in Burmese
Meaning and function
Nicoletta Romeo | University of Sydney/University of New South Wales
The book presents an overview of the aspectual system of Burmese, and it focuses on the analysis and description of the meaning and function of some aspectual markers which are among the most commonly used in the language. The analysis highlights a few important facts. Firstly, these markers, which typically follow the main verb within the verbal complex, derive from lexical verbs which are still in use in Burmese. This is an important descriptive factor, since the function of these markers can only be fully understood by looking at the interplay between the semantics of their lexical sources and the semantics of the verbs they modify. Secondly, it is the semantics of the aspectual markers that determines both their order vis-à-vis the main verb and their order vis-à-vis the other markers within the verbal complex. The interplay between the semantics and the syntax of these markers is analysed by adopting Role and Reference Grammar.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 96] 2008. xv, 289 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | pp. xi–xii
List of abbreviations | p. xiii
Figures and tables | p. xv
Chapter 1: Introduction | pp. 1–8
Part I. A descriptive overview of Burmese
Chapter 2: The structure of Burmese independent clauses | pp. 11–40
Chapter 3: Verbal operators | pp. 41–84
Part II. Aspect in Burmese
Chapter 4: The post-VN operator ne 'CONTINUOUS' (CONT) | pp. 87–128
Chapter 5: The directional post-VN operators la 'COME' and thwà 'GO' | pp. 129–175
Chapter 6: The post-VN operator thà 'RESULTATIVE' (RES) | pp. 177–207
Chapter 7: The post-VN operator pì 'PERFECTIVE' (PFV) | pp. 209–228
Chapter 8: The sentential post-VN operator pi 'CURRENTLY RELEVANT STATE' (CRS) | pp. 229–255
Chapter 9: Conclusion | p. 257
Appendix | p. 267
Little frog, where are you? | pp. 269–281
Index | pp. 283–289
“This study is a significant contribution to linguistic typology: first, in the domain of aspect, by identifying several forms that express aspectual notions rarely reported cross-linguistically (such as the marker of ‘CONTINUOUS’ aspect), and for general typology on the other hand, by offering new data on a major language of South-East Asia. Indeed, the many examples, the detailed syntactic and semantic analyses of the verbal operators, and the presence of a complete narrative text in the appendix, make this book a source of important knowledge and information on Burmese, which we hope will pave the way for further typological studies of this language.”
Alice Vittrant, University of Provence, in Studies in Language Vol. 33:3 (2009)
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007040712 | Marc record