'like'/'manner' as Purpose clause marker

Mathias Jenny jenny at SPW.UZH.CH
Tue Aug 23 07:10:12 UTC 2011

Dear Yvonne

In Mon (Austroasiatic, southern Myanmar/central Thailand), one common way of
forming purposive clauses is by placing the word* ɲɔ̀ŋ *'like, as' at the
beginning of the clause, followed by *kɤ̀ʔ* 'get' as preverbal auxiliary.
This usage is attested since Middle Mon (15th c.). No similar construction
is found in the dominant neighboring languages Thai and Burmese.

I'll be happy to provide examples if needed.

Best wishes,


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