The Meegye connective BHE as a discourse developmental marker

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Date:
2007
Publisher:
GIALens
Publisher Place:
Dallas
Part Of Series:
GIALens, 1(2):
Extent:
13 pages
Abstract:
The Meegye connective bhe is analyzed as what Dooley and Levinsohn 2001 have called a discourse developmental marker. (Meegye is Nilo-Saharan, Central Sudanic, East, Mangbetu- Asoa.) Bhe is first identified in terms of its phonetic, phonemic, and orthographic forms in modern Meegye, and of references to it in the grammars of Vekens 1928 and Larochette 1958. There is then a summary of Dooley and Levinsohn’s cross-linguistic characterization of developmental markers, which these authors say serve primarily to mark new developments in a story or argument. In the paper’s longest section, an examination of where bhe is and is not deployed in a number of oral tale texts leads to the conclusion that bhe fits reasonably well Dooley and Levinsohn’s cross-linguistic characterization of developmental markers. Prior to a brief summaryconclusion, the fact that bhe does not mark all event-line verbs is taken to suggest the need to recognize for Meegye two related discourse phenomena: (1) a distinction between something like two kinds of main event line—viz., ‘ordinary’ and ‘tense/peak’ (as posited for Yagua by Payne 1992); and (2) an animation hierarchy of basic event-line verb forms—from the basic and leastanimated distal past to a most-animated proximate non-past.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Congo (Kinshasa)
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Subject:
Mangbetu tales
Discourse analysis
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Entry Number:
47818