The roles of dissociative and (non-)completive morphology in structuring Totela (Bantu) narratives

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In Totela narratives, infinitive-based ‘narrative’ morphology alternates with forms that are inflected for tense and aspect. While narrative morphology can be used with verbs depicting sequential events, inflected forms can be used with predicates of both non-sequential and sequential events. This paper argues that when inflected forms appear, especially in contexts where narrative morphology might also be appropriate, they play important roles in signaling narrative structure. The three most common categories of inflected verbs in narratives are examined, namely forms indicating ‘completion’, ‘non-completion’, and ‘dissociation’. Dissociative marking appears at the beginning and ending of a narrative, and frames it by shifting the cognitive domain to a world, separate from the world of telling, where listener belief can be suspended to include narrative events. Inside that world, Completive and Non-completive marking is used to reflect story-internal reality, to provide structure to the narrative, and to direct listener responses.
Originalspråkengelska
Titel på gästpublikationBeyond Aspect : The expression of discourse functions in African languages
RedaktörerDoris L. Payne, Shahar Shirtz
Antal sidor32
FörlagJohn Benjamins
Utgivningsdatum2015
Sidor145-176
ISBN (tryckt)9789027267870
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2015
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

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NamnTypological Studies in Language
FörlagJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Volym109

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Crane, T. M. (2015). The roles of dissociative and (non-)completive morphology in structuring Totela (Bantu) narratives. I D. L. Payne, & S. Shirtz (Red.), Beyond Aspect: The expression of discourse functions in African languages (s. 145-176). (Typological Studies in Language; Vol. 109). John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/tsl.109.06cra