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Query Details

Query Subject:   Contracted Person Markers with the Verb 'to say' in Loko
Author:   Kirill Babaev
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Morphology

Query:   Dear colleagues,

I would appreciate your advice on the following.

In some of the Mande languages (West Africa) there are paradigms of
contracted person markers with the verb 'to say', e.g. in Loko
*bE gE 'you said' > bEE 'you said.' These may denote both the
progressive and the completive aspect, both the present and the past.
They form full paradigms for all six person/number slots.

Are there any other examples of this kind in any other languages of the
world, and if so, how are they treated in terms of morphology/syntax? Is
there a specific name to identify a construction like this?

The results of the discussion will be placed online here as a summary.

Thank you in advance,

Kirill Babaev
LL Issue: 21.1995
Date posted: 26-Apr-2010


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