Aspect in Burmese: Meaning and function (Studies in Language by Nicoletta Romeo

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For example: 2 Segmental sandhi, indicated by =, is shown only when it marks grammatical boundness. The grammatical markers involved in sandhi alternations are shown in their citation form, not in their modified phonetic realisation. Tonal sandhi has been left unmarked. STRUCTURE OF BURMESE INDEPENDENT CLAUSES (20) p|;yGJ [sbw] ‘table’ < 31 p|; [sa] ‘eat’ and yGJ [pw] ‘dish’ It often happens though that the initial consonant of a reduced syllable undergoes voicing as well, by harmonising with the voicing of the consonant of the following syllable (Wheatly 1987: 841): (21) p|;yGJ [sbw] > [zbw] ‘table’ In addition to segmental quality, each syllable, considered in its citation form, shows one of the three possible tones in Burmese (creaky, low and high).

Formulae based on symbols used by formal semantics into which the semantic metalanguage present in the lexical decomposition of verbs has been translated. e. normally predicates. They are part of the semantic metalanguage used to decompose and describe meaning cross-linguistically. States are represented as simple predicates, while the logical structure of activities is represented by the general activity predicate do´ which marks the membership of predicates to this specific class. Achievement and accomplishment verbs are composed of states or activities marked by a marker of change.

The meaning, function and structure of some of these operators have been discussed in depth in what constitutes the central part of this study. e. the operators r& [m] ‘NEGATIVE1’, `yef& [pja] ‘RETURN’, v\rf;& [a] ‘REACH OUT’, 0dkif;& [wai] ‘TOGETHER’ and ay;& [pe] ‘LET’. 1 The Pre-VN operator r& [m-] ‘NEGATIVE1’ (NEG1) Negation in Burmese is marked by two different operators, the pre-VN operator r& [m] ‘NEGATIVE1’ (NEG1) and the clausal post-VN operator &bl; [bu] ‘NEGATIVE2’ (NEG2).

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