A grammar of Betta Kurumba by Gail Maria Coelho

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Similarly /-na/ could be derived historically from an independent verb root, perhaps from na ‘walk, practise as a custom’ (Steever (pc) points out that it could come from PDr */naTa-/ ‘behave, occur, walk’ – T stands for //). 2-4, which are also derived from independent verb roots. See Steever 1993 for a discussion of the grammaticalization of verb roots into suffixes in Dravidian languages. 16 37 The formation of realis and irrealis themes was described in §1, and is described in further detail in Chapter 6.

Aspect categories that are morphologically distinguished in BK are listed in Table 12. 2; the final geminate in /-o/ can be derived from realis /-t/. Similarly /-na/ could be derived historically from an independent verb root, perhaps from na ‘walk, practise as a custom’ (Steever (pc) points out that it could come from PDr */naTa-/ ‘behave, occur, walk’ – T stands for //). 2-4, which are also derived from independent verb roots. See Steever 1993 for a discussion of the grammaticalization of verb roots into suffixes in Dravidian languages.

P507) 26a) ina pynaa. keka bupa. ina py-na-a keka bu-pu-a now goSR-prf-3sg tomorrow comeIR-irf-3sg. “He has gone now. P505) b) i tyy ba na mod ida. i budnasi pyt no motnaa. i tyy ba na moi-l ildi ir-d-a this plant lots day sprout-inf without be-rlf-3sg. P494) The example in (27) shows that /-na/ cannot be used for perfect aspect with reference to a future event; a periphrastic construction consisting of main verb plus auxiliary verb i:r is used instead.

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