The Scalar Interpretation of the Additive Focus Particle *=Bv in Select Boro-Garo Languages Brahma, Sansuma Kumar, Rajesh 2021-05-06T20:56:29Z 2021-05-06T20:56:29Z 2021
dc.description.abstract The paper looks into the scalar interpretation of the additive focus particle in select Boro-Garo languages, namely, Boro, Dimasa, Garo, Kokborok, Rabha, and Tiwa. The additive has the following forms: =bɯ in Bodo, =bo in Dimasa, =ba in Garo, =bo in Kokborok, =ba in Rabha, and =bo in Tiwa. Based on their phonetic similarity, we reconstruct the Boro-Garo proto-form as *=bV. The additive provides a scalar ‘even’ reading in three different constructions, namely, classifier-numeral, quantifier, and temporal adverbial constructions. In classifier-numeral constructions, a scalar reading is found when the numeral is ‘one’ and the clause is negative. However, with numerals greater than ‘one’, the particles may have either a scalar or non-scalar additive interpretation depending on the contexts. In the other two constructions, the particles contribute scalar meaning only in negative environments.
dc.format.extent 19 pages
dc.identifier.issn 1836-6821
dc.subject Boro-Garo
dc.subject focus particle
dc.subject.languagecode brx
dc.subject.languagecode dis
dc.subject.languagecode grt
dc.subject.languagecode xtr
dc.subject.languagecode rah
dc.subject.languagecode lax
dc.title The Scalar Interpretation of the Additive Focus Particle *=Bv in Select Boro-Garo Languages
dc.type Data paper
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prism.endingpage 91
prism.number 1
prism.publicationname Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
prism.startingpage 73
prism.volume 14
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