zero-marked verbs

Mikael Parkvall parkvall at LING.SU.SE
Tue Jan 21 16:37:48 UTC 2003

Regarding Janet Wilsons posting on Kuche:

What about mood? Are any modal categories by any chance (semi-)obligatory?

I recall from reading grammars on Nigerian languages once upon a time that
some of them seemed to be more keen on grammaticalising such distinctions
than those relating to tense or aspect.

Also, although there may certainly be quite a few more out there, I know of
only one language (Mai Brat of western New Guinea) which lack obligatory or
otherwise highly grammaticalised marking in all three domains (T, M and A).
It would be interesting to learn more about such langauges and how
(un)common such a state of affairs may be.

Mikael Parkvall
Institutionen för lingvistik
Stockholms Universitet
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