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ANU - CoEDL Linguistics Seminar: Tense and Aspect in the Ipiko Language, Zurab Baratashvili, 12 Mar

Australian National University

Date: 11 March 2021

Seminar: Tense and Aspect in the Ipiko Language (with some indications to the Anim languages)

Speaker: Zurab Baratashvili, CoEDL

When: 12 Mar 2021, 3pm (AEDT)

Where: via zoom (please email for zoom link invitation)


The goal of the talk is to describe the tense and aspect in the Ipiko language (Gulf Province, PNG). The first stage of the research shows the morphemic distribution, their function in different contexts, compatibility with actionality of the verb and so on. Ipiko has various morphemes to express the temporal location (with different remoteness in the past and future) and the rich system of aspectual markers showing different phases (linear aspect), as well as the quantity of the event. 

The next stage of the research presupposes the comparative approach: Gives an attempt to make both historical and typological analysis within the other Anim languages. However, the available data is very scanty for other languages. The full-scale grammar only exists for the Marind language and some sketch information about the Bitur and Lake Murrey (Kuni-Boazi) languages. Thus, the historical analysis will be extremely preliminary, while the typological approach attempts to show the place of the Ipiko language in the broader picture. 

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