Syntactic Change in the Verbal System of Bumthang,a Tibeto-Burman Language of Bhutan
This thesis investigates the synchronic and diachronic relationship of the verbal suffix -na to the copula na in Bumthang, a Tibeto-Burman language of central Bhutan. I discuss the formal and functional properties of each to demonstrate that the suffix-na originates in the structural reanalysis of the copula na. Previous research has shown how copulas in Tibeto-Burman languages may come to differentially mark personal knowledge. This differential pattern...[Show more]
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