Extended uses of the quotative verb ge- in Khalkha Mongolian

Brosig, Benjamin (October 2020). Extended uses of the quotative verb ge- in Khalkha Mongolian (Unpublished). In: 4th International Conference on Mongolic Linguistics. Ulan-Ude/online. 8.-10. Oct. 2020.

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The Khalkha Mongolian quotative verb ge- is hihgly polyfunctional. It is morpho-phonologically irregular and distributionally almost doesn’t overlap with other verbs. (i) Next to actual quotation, (ii) it can express intent and derived from this prospectivity, connective notions like causation, and some peripheral semantic roles. (iii) With specialized converbal suffixes, it forms adversative and similar quasi-conjunctions when preceded by clauses or markers of information structure when preceded by noun phrases. (iv) It can accommodate ideophones and names, and participles used for naming like gedeg and geseŋ (with the additive focus clitic =č) also contribute to information structure. (v) Several sentence-final forms like ge-ž=üü fulfill illocutionary and stance-conveying functions, (iv) and there are multiple minor functions such as forming iussives. This paper is meant to provide a concise sketch of how these individual constructions relate to each other, connecting it to previous research within and outside of Mongolian studies.

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

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Brosig, Benjamin


400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages


[UNSPECIFIED] Academia Sinica ; [18] European Research Council ; [4] Swiss National Science Foundation ; [UNSPECIFIED] Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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