The aspect-evidentiality system of Middle Mongol
2014 (English)In: Ural-Altaic studies, ISSN 2079-1003, Vol. 13, no 2, 7-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper contains an analysis of aspect, tense and evidentiality in Middle Mongol. This language has a fairly complex aspectual system, consisting of mostly periphrastic constructions built up from converbal, participial and final suffixes, and two different stative copula verbs. These express progressivity, habituality, genericity, perfectivity, perfect and resultativity on the present and past tense level. Present progressivity and resultativity can both be expressed by two different constructions that differ by their aspectual scope and/or actional properties. The three past tense suffixes mark factual, firsthand and secondhand information. This evidential trichotomy is restricted to the perfective aspect, while all other aspectual past tense markers only receive firsthand or secondhand marking. No aspectual distinctions seem to be made in the future, though both the future participle and the resultative participle can form contrafactual constructions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Moscow: Rossijskaja akademija nauk / Russian Academy of Sciences, 2014. Vol. 13, no 2, 7-38 p.
tense, aspect, evidentiality, Mongolian
Research subject General Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-106126DiVA: diva2:734890