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Clause-Final Particles, Coordination And Subordination

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This chapter deals with several clause-final particles marking attitudes such as doubt, certainty, likelihood and discovery. It also briefly discusses coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. Subordination of clauses by means of the factitive marker (FCT) is a common phenomenon in Lepcha. Subordinating conjunctions introduce dependent clauses and indicate the nature of the relationship between the independent clause and the dependent clause The FCT is the most important nominaliser in Lepcha. The FCT nominalises verbs as well as clauses, and these nominalised constituents serve as adnominal attributes or as subordinated clauses. When a nominalised verb or clause functions as a nominal head it can be pluralised and take case endings if the result is semantically plausible.

Keywords: clause-final particles; coordinating conjunctions; factitive marker (FCT); Lepcha; subordinated clauses



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