Diachronic aspects of Bjokapakha epistemic verbal morphology: The role of nominalisers and copulas

Grollmann, Selin (2020). Diachronic aspects of Bjokapakha epistemic verbal morphology: The role of nominalisers and copulas. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman area, 43(1), pp. 87-123. John Benjamins 10.1075/ltba.18017.gro

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Bjokapakha belongs to the Tshangla cluster of the Trans-Himalayan
(Tibeto-Burman) language family and is spoken in central Bhutan. Like
many languages of the Himalayan region, Bjokapakha exhibits a typically
rich system of epistemic functions, centering around the notion of personal
knowledge and assimilatedness of knowledge. Morphosyntactically, the epi-
stemic categories of Bjokapakha are expressed by constructions involving
combinations of nominalisers and copulas which exhibit varying degrees
of grammaticalisation. This paper presents the epistemic categories of
Bjokapakha and examines the genesis of the Bjokapakha epistemic verbal
system from a comparative perspective drawing on insights from other
varieties of the Tshangla cluster. Furthermore, a first reconstruction of the
epistemic verbal morphology of Tshangla in general is proposed. It will
become evident that nominalisers and copulas have played a crucial role
in the emergence of epistemic verbal morphology of Bjokapakha and still
constitute productive means for the grammaticalisation of new epistemic
categories.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics > Comparative Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Grollmann, Selin

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

0731-3500

Publisher:

John Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Selin Grollmann

Date Deposited:

05 Nov 2018 09:58

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2020 08:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1075/ltba.18017.gro

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Bjokapakha; Tshangla; Trans-Himalayan/Tibeto-Burman; epistemic categories; grammaticalisation; nominalisation; copulas; internal reconstruction; historical- comparative linguistics; mirative

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.120833

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/120833

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