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The Role Of Animacy In The Verbal Morphology Of Dongwang Tibetan

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This chapter constitutes the first report in which an animacy split and conjunct/disjunct patternings co-occur in the verbal morphology of a language. It describes the general features of the c/d system drawing on data from Standard Tibetan. The chapter presents an overview of the c/d system in Dongwang Tibetan, detail the animacy distinction observed in the existential verbs and auxiliaries, and suggest that this is an areal feature which developed in Dongwang, possibly as a result of contact with speakers of Naxi, a Lolo-Burmese language. The chapter distinguishes 'Southern Khams dialects' from other Khams dialects. It focuses on a partial, non-exhaustive list of auxiliaries that represent the more canonical cases of c/d marking. The chapter also focuses on existentials.

Keywords: animacy distinction; Dongwang Tibetan; verbal morphology



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