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Non-spatial setting in Nek verbs

Katri Linnasalo

Abstract

This article describes how the Nek language of Papua New Guinea expresses non-spatial setting and mood in its verb system. Nek has verbal suffixes for the five tenses; five aspects are formed by auxiliary verbs and three by suffixes. Indicative and imperative/hortatory are the only moods; modality is mainly expressed by modal adverbs. Verbal subclasses are discussed briefly, and so is the status distinction between realis and irrealis, in order to facilitate understanding of the entire Nek verbal system.

Published Online: 2014-8-9
Published in Print: 2014-9-1

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