Beyond Aspect

The expression of discourse functions in African languages

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Certain grammatical elements help hearers know how propositions are conceptually related: Does a given proposition advance the foregrounded event line, or not? Initiate versus continue an event chain? Indicate that one proposition belongs to a different "mental space" from the previous one? Provide background information? Studies in this volume show that African languages sometimes support, but often refute the idea that perfective aspect or past tense marks the narrative event line. Rather, languages may employ clause level constructions, conjunctions or connectives, tonal melodies on verbs or subjects, specialized auxiliaries, special verb forms and even dependent clause and imperfective aspect forms. Often, correlation of such grammatical elements with the event line is a subcase of a more general function. Analyses in this volume contribute to developing a typology of the expression of discourse functions, a field of research which has so far been minimally addressed from a typological perspective.
[Typological Studies in Language, 109]  2015.  vii, 321 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii–viii
Discourse structuring and typology: How strong is the link with aspect?
Shahar Shirtz and Doris L. Payne
1–22
Nilo-Saharan
Aspect and thematic clause combining in Maa (Nilotic)
Doris L. Payne
23–52
Isolate
Main event line structure and aspect in Sandawe narratives
Helen Eaton
53–80
Afro-Asiatic
The functions of Non-Final verbs and their aspectual categories in Northern Mao (Omotic) narrative
Michael Ahland
81–116
Aspect-Mood and discourse in Kabyle (Berber) spoken narratives
Amina Mettouchi
117–144
Niger-Congo
The roles of Dissociative and (Non-)Completive morphology in structuring Totela (Bantu) narratives
Thera Marie Crane
145–176
Narrative uses of the U̱t-Ma'in (Kainji) Bare Verb form
Rebecca Paterson
219–248
Rethinking narrative tenses based on data from Nalu (Atlantic) and Yeyi (Bantu)
Frank Seidel
177–218
The Factative and the Perfective-Inchoative in Cuurammã (Turka, Gur)
Colin Suggett
249–286
Aspectual and storyline tension in Emai’s (Edoid) narrative template
Ronald P. Schaefer and Francis Oisaghaede Egbokhare
287–314
Topic Index
315–320
Language Index
321–322
“This volume offers important new perspectives on the longstanding problems surrounding the interaction of tense/aspect systems and discourse structure. The papers focus on a specific set of phenomena common in African languages, but present results of broader typological interest and importance.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2015028678 | Marc record