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Jenny, M (2009). Modality In Burmese: ‘May’ Or ‘Must’ – Grammatical Uses Of yá ‘Get’. Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, 1:111-126.



The topic of this study is the grammaticalised uses of the verb yá ‘get’ in Burmese.
Occurring in postverbal position, yá covers a number of functions, which are distinguished
by syntactical means. I will look at the historical development of the processes involved, as
well as parallels in neighbouring languages which suggest influence on or from Burmese.
The main points to be investigated are 1. the semantics of yá ‘get, 2. the difference
between free and bound auxiliaries, and 3. the future vs. non-future distinction made by
verbal markers, all of which contribute to the grammatical uses of yá as marker of
OBLIGATION or PERMISSION/POSSIBILITY. Finally an attempt is made at explaining the
grammaticalisation processes in historical and general cognitive terms. 1

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Departement of Comparative Linguistics
DDC:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Deposited On:17 Aug 2009 11:26
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 14:03
Publisher:Australian National University
Official URL:http://www.pacling.com/catalogue/JSEALS-Vol1Final.pdf
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