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Title: Aspect and mood in Jicaltepec Mixtec
Authors: Costello, Rachael A.
Keywords: American Indigenous Languages (Northern)
Otomanguean Languages
Jicaltepec Mixtec
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Abstract: “The verb system of any language exists to expedite discourse in that language. Therefore, the place to look for the meaning of tense/aspect/mode forms is to their discourse functions” (Longacre 1989:414). This thesis has two closely related foci. First, it describes the morphological components of the system for expressing aspect and mood in Jicaltepec Mixtec, a Costal Mixtec language of Mexico. Four verb forms, differentiated primarily by tone, are identified. Prefixes, auxiliary verbs, and particles are also shown to play a role in expressing aspect and mood. Verbs of motion and position are shown to fit this same model of four verb forms. Second, this study investigates the meaning of each verb form by showing how it is used in discourse, based on analysis of a corpus of natural-language monologues. The perfective form expresses past-completed ideas both on the narrative storyline and in flashbacks; the imperfective form expresses habitual and progressive events and ongoing states as well as forming a secondary narrative storyline; the potential form expresses plans, predictions, obligations, and counterfactuality; and the subjunctive form is used primarily in imperatives, purpose clauses and subordinate clauses.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/3642
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