I músu fu woóko taánga: Restructuring in Saamáka

Marleen van de Vate

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7557/12.142

Keywords

Saamáka; restructuring; functional sequence; TMA

Abstract

This paper addresses FU constructions in Saamáka. FU constructions are composed of a lexical or auxiliary verb and the complementizer/preposition fu. They convey an aspectual or modality reading. FU constructions have a fixed position in the TMA sequence, and they are placed in between the core TMA morphemes of Saamáka. In this paper, I show that verbs in FU constructions are restructuring verbs and therefore they have a mono-clausal structure.


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