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Title: Some Primary Observations on /-Ta/ without N
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Author: Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
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Institution: Indian Statistical Institute
Linguistic Field: Semantics; Syntax
Subject Language: Bengali
Abstract: Primarily, author observed a problem with the bound morheme –Ta (classifier) in Bangla sentences like:/L//L/1. korchiSTa ki?/L/do-pr.cont-(-Honorific)-classifier what?/L/"What are you doing?"/L//L/2. korchoTa ki?/L/do-pr.cont-(+-Honorific) classifier what?/L//L/3. korchenTa ki?/L/do-pr.cont-(+Honorific) classifier what?/L//L/4. Hocche Ta Ki ?/L/happen-pr.cont- classifier what?/L/"What is happening?"/L//L/In all these cases, the bound morpheme (classifier) /-Ta/ is lonely as it is not a part of the preceding verbs which have already got inflections and thus are closed though following orthographical convention, /-Ta/ is written with those verbs. In all these cases, the wh-object (a noun) is missing as the speaker of these sentences does not have the cognition of that wh-object or otherwise s/he is cognizing the absence. The second possibility is that s/he may have the pragmatic competence of cognizing that wh-object but s/he is pretending to be ignorant of the same, i.e. s/he has a cognition of absence which is otherwise a presence. At the time of writing this paper, the author structurally interpreted this phenomenon from the perspective of Empty Category Principle.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Indian Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 16. Jan-Dec 1989 (pp. 66-67)

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