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This chapter enumerates the most common postpositions found in Ket, discussing their functions and their etymological relations to other lexical items found in the language. Ket verb morphology is heavily based on the concepts developed by Edward Vajda. Ket distinguishes five conjugation classes, which are purely lexically determined. The following discussion of Ket verbal morphemics begins with a presentation of these five conjugations. This is followed by a detailed presentation of morphotactic rules, which pervades the whole verbal morphology. The individual morpheme slots are discussed one by one, showing the possible fillers and their functions and all phonetic distortions. The discussion of verbal morphology is continued by sections on mood, especially imperatives. This is followed by a detailed description of derived categories. Some verbal categories, which are regularly expressed by the exploitation of this very productive and versatile morphological technique, are discussed, such as causatives, and several aktionsart -like categories.

Keywords: conjugation classes; Edward Vajda; Ket verb morphology; phonetic distortions; versatile morphological technique



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