The expression of potential event modality in the Papuan language of Koromu

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    Abstract

    This paper aims to give an overview of the morphosyntax and semantics of potential event modality in Koromu (Kesawai), a Madang language in the Papuan group. Potential event modality refers to Palmer�s �events that are not actualized�but are merely potential� (2001:70). Some characteristics of event modality are compared with English and other Papuan/regional languages. The study is based on Koromu data in recorded texts, collected over a number of years and on earlier grammatical analysis (Priestley 2002a, 2009, and forthcoming a). Meanings are represented in semantic explications in the natural semantic metalanguage, a metalanguage that can be used in many different languages (Goddard & Wierzbicka 2002). The findings include a range of constructions and meanings for �imperative� and �desiderative� type expressions, a distinction between external, internal and negative desires, and strategies for testing meaning and grammar analysis with Koromu speakers
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages388-421
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventConference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2011 - Canberra Australia
    Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceConference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2011
    Period1/01/12 → …

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