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Verb Classification in Mayrinax Atayal

Lillian M. Huang
Oceanic Linguistics
Vol. 39, No. 2 (Dec., 2000), pp. 364-390
DOI: 10.2307/3623428
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3623428
Page Count: 27
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Verb Classification in Mayrinax Atayal
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Abstract

Verb classes are examined in Mayrinax Atayal, an Austronesian language spoken in Taiwan, based on certain semantic, morphological, and syntactic properties. Focus markers; negative, imperative, and causative constructions; the tense/aspect/mood system of the language; and a dimension of greater-lesser dynamicity (or stativity) are all investigated. The primary distinction between dynamic and stative verbs is supported by the different behaviors of verbs in the various constructions. Because degrees of dynamicity/stativity of Mayrinax verbs are relative rather than absolute, a continuum is proposed with dynamic verbs and stative verbs appearing at the two extremes.

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