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Variable Modality in Pintupi-Luritja Purposive Clauses

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2021

Authors

Gray, James

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MDPI

Abstract

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 behave in the same way as in these languages, which suggests that the typology of variable force modality is not uniform. I conclude by suggesting a connection to the modality described in non-finite and nominalised environments in a number of other languages.

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modality, Australian languages, non-finite, nominalisation, semantics

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Open Access

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Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license

DOI

10.3390/languages6010052

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