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Modality In Burmese: ‘May’ Or ‘Must’ – Grammatical Uses Of yá ‘Get’


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

Abstract

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

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

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:17 Aug 2009 11:26
Last Modified:01 May 2016 13:52
Publisher:Australian National University
ISSN:1836-6821
Official URL:http://www.pacling.com/catalogue/JSEALS-Vol1Final.pdf
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-20169

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