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Variable Modality in Pintupi-Luritja Purposive Clauses

Gray, James


This paper investigates the modal and non-modal uses and readings of the purposive suffix in the Western Desert (Pama-Nyungan) language Pintupi-Luritja. It is shown that the suffix is associated with a range of root-modal readings, with some variability in modal force. The modal readings are investigated in a variety of non-upward-entailing environments and compared with those of other variable modal force languages as described in the literature. I suggest that the purposive suffix does not...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Languages
DOI: 10.3390/languages6010052
Access Rights: Open Access


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