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Tense and aspect systems in Dardic languages: A comparative study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The languages belonging to the group commonly known as the “Dardic languages” are on some levels insufficiently researched and have barely been subject to any comparative research on their finer grammatical structures, such as their tense and aspect systems. This comparative study analyses three Dardic languages spoken in the central Dardic speaking area (Khowar, Gawri, Palula) in view of their tense and aspect system, to find out how similar the languages are in this respect. The comparison is based on Dahl‟s 1985 Tense and Aspect questionnaire, partly to have an equal, comparable data set, and partly to be able to tie the results to the greater field of language typology. The study shows that the languages studied have a common primary focus on IPFV:PFV distinction, where past tense often is a secondary implicature following perfective aspect. There are notable differences in how and if the languages mark future tense and habitual aspect. The subject merits further studies on an extended sample and with more languages from the Dardic group.

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2013. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Tense, aspect, Dardic, Indo-Aryan, comparative study, Khowar, Palula, Gawri
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97603OAI: diva2:679502
Available from: 2013-12-18 Created: 2013-12-16 Last updated: 2015-08-26Bibliographically approved

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