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Adpositions and Argument Indexing in the Mukri Variety of Central Kurdish: Focus on Ditransitive Constructions
Université Paris III, Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg.
2013 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 61, 187-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A set of adpositions in Central Kurdish interact with the argument indexing system in a peculiar manner.Previous research (Edmonds 1955; MacKenzie 1961; Samvelian 2007; Haig 2008; Jügel 2009) has described argument indexing in Central Kurdish, but ditransitive constructions are largely omitted. Here I study the adpositions and argument indexing in Central Kurdish in relation to semantic roles, valency and modality. I argue that the adpositions in question have obtained the semantically specified syntactic function of introducing a participant, usually a third-participant, into the speech event. Then I describe and analyse two previously unattested constructions, namely a periphrastic causative construction, where an absolute adposition introduces a causee in an indirect causation construction, and a periphrastic potentiality construction with passive inflection, where the adpositional complement is a “weakened actor” of the given event.

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2013. Vol. 61, 187-198 p.
Keyword [en]
Central Kurdish, absolute adpositions, argument indexing, ditransitive constructions, periphrastic constructions, semantic roles
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Iranian Languages; Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203436OAI: diva2:657367
Available from: 2013-10-18 Created: 2013-07-10 Last updated: 2013-10-18Bibliographically approved

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