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Offline Formanted

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Gerundive - serial verb construction & progressive
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:02:06 AM »
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I am currently analyzing a Tupi-GuaranĂ­ language (from the amazons) which seems to reuse their gerundive suffix as a free progressive marker. Have any of you come across something similar?

 It would be like in English saying something like "He jumped inging and disappeared" meaning "He jumped continuously and disappeared" where the normally gerundive suffix -ings (which have a secondary progressive meaning) would be used by itself to express a continuing action.



Offline Daniel

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Re: Gerundive - serial verb construction & progressive
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 11:09:14 AM »
Hmm. That sounds very interesting. Could you provide an example or two with glosses?

It might just be a free tense/aspect morpheme.
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