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Modal categories in Karaim: a case of complex contact morphology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2012 (English)In: More Morphologies. Contributions to the Festival of Languages, Bremen 17 Sep to 7 Oct, 2009 / [ed] Hitomi Otsuka, Cornelia Stroh & Aina Urdze, Bochum: Brockmeyer , 2012, 121-131 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Karaim is a Kipchak Turkic language that has been spoken in today’s Lithuania for more than six hundred years. The dominating non-Turkic languages of the area have heavily influenced its structure and the communicative habits of its speakers. Intensive copying processes have also induced changes in the morphology. A general tendency is to copy analytical devices of the contact languages. In Turkic, modal categories are typically expressed by synthetic means. Karaim today applies the typical Turkic inventory of modal suffixes. In addition, selective and global copies of foreign modal auxiliary verbs are used to express possibility, ability, obligation, etc. Frequential and combinational properties of the non-Turkic models have been copied onto native Karaim modal categories.

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Bochum: Brockmeyer , 2012. 121-131 p.
, Diversitas Linguarum, ISSN 1619-5116 ; 35
Keyword [en]
modality, Turkic langauges, Karaim
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Turkic languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140617ISBN: 978-3-8196-0896-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140617DiVA: diva2:384095
Available from: 2011-01-07 Created: 2011-01-07 Last updated: 2013-06-22Bibliographically approved

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