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Title:The Third Person Singular Pronominal Clitic in Balochi of Sistan : A Progress Report
Abstract:This paper begins by discussing the distribution of the two allomorphs of the third person singular pronominal clitic in Balochi of Sistan. It finds the conditioning to be mostly, but not exclusively phonological. When =ī is attached to the final verb of an independent clause, the referent is the subject/agent but, when =ē occurs, it is the undergoer (with a few exceptions due to dialectal variation). It follows that, when the subject is stated but =ī is also present, =ī still refers to the subject and gives it thematic prominence. The second part of the paper argues that the presence of the pronominal clitic with the past form of the verb ‘say’ (gušt=ī) communicates “referent continuity” (Givón 1990); in particular, the ongoing involvement in the expected role of any active third person participant who is not identified by a noun or independent pronoun in the current clause.
Contributor (author):Levinsohn, Stephen H.
Delforooz, Behrooz Barjasteh
Date (W3CDTF):2014
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/60707
Extent:pages 203-220
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):AF
Subject:Western Balochi language
Balochi; North-Western Iranian languages; Sistan; pronominal clitics; discourse pragmatics
Subject (ISO639):bgn
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Levinsohn, Stephen H.; Delforooz, Behrooz Barjasteh. 2014. SIL Language and Culture Archives.
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Country: Pakistan
Area: Asia

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