The Aorist and the Perfect in Mano

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The foci of this paper are the semantic differences between two perfective constructions in the Mano language, the Aorist and the Perfect. The paper is based on Östen Dahl’s classic questionnaire, as well as various sources of natural speech data, including narratives, routine conversations, and ritual speech, Christian and traditional. The core semantic property of the Mano Perfect is event relevance, which isconfirmed by the annulled result test. The core function of the Aorist is being the narrative tense. The paper also includes discussion of two secondary functions of the Perfect and the Aorist, namely, anticipation of future events and transposition to the past. The secondary functions confirm the basic distinction between the Aorist and the Perfect, the latter maintaining a closer connection with the reference point.
Titel på värdpublikationTheory and description in African Linguistics : Selected papers from the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
RedaktörerRobert Botne, Samuel Gyasi Obeng
Antal sidor18
FörlagLanguage Science Press
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-96110-205-1
StatusPublicerad - 2019
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangAnnual Conference on African Linguistics - Berkeley, Förenta Staterna (USA)
Varaktighet: 23 mars 201626 apr. 2016
Konferensnummer: 47


NamnContemporary African Linguistics
FörlagLanguage Science Press
ISSN (elektroniskt)2511-7726


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