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Purpose-encoding strategies in Kambaata

Abstract : The Highland East Cushitic language Kambaata employs five different purpose-encoding strategies. Purpose clauses can be headed by switch reference-sensitive purposive verb forms or by dative-marked verbal nouns. A third type of purpose clause is modelled on a similative clause and contains a relative verb to which an enclitic 'like' is added. Two less common strategies are the converb and the quotative strategy. The present article gives a detailed account of the syntax of purpose clauses (and complex sentences) as well as the morphology of the verb forms used in purpose clauses. It also discusses which formal devices are shared between purpose and complement clauses and between purpose clauses and indirect commands (jussive clauses). Finally, the purpose-encoding strategies applied in Kambaata are compared to those in closely related Highland East Cushitic languages.
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Yvonne Treis. Purpose-encoding strategies in Kambaata. Afrika und Übersee, Reimer, 2010, 91, pp.1-38. ⟨halshs-00717275⟩



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