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At The Crossroads Of Tempus And Modus: The Aspectual-Modal Correspondence And The Conceptual Foundations Of Irrealis Modality In Earlier Egyptian Complementation

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The Earlier Egyptian system of affirmative complement clause modality has been seen to be based on the variation of ntt/wnt-introduced construals and bare active suffix-conjugation forms. Besides their role as expressive of irrealis modality in Earlier Egyptian complementation, the bare active suffix-conjugation forms are also associated with various temporal values both in these and other environments. The imperfective character of the proximal forms thus seems fixed throughout their uses, and the same phenomenon is observable also with the distal forms and perfective aspect. The interrelation between modal and aspectual function shown by the specialised proximal and distal irrealis forms warrants a closer inspection seeing that it turns out to be systematic also in terms of modal/aspectual typology. Finally, the correspondence between temporal and modal function seen with the irrealis-marked forms in Earlier Egyptian complementation reflects and results from the metaphorical 'viewpoints' to the situations described.

Keywords: aspectual-modal correspondence; complement clause; Earlier Egyptian complementation; irrealis modality



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