Manfred Krifka: 'The realis / irrealis distinction in Daakie (Ambrym, Vanuatu)', 25 August 2015
When: 2pm-3pm, 25 August 2015
Where:Room 506, Babel (Building 139), University of Melbourne
The tense/modus/aspect marking in the Austronesian languages of Vanuatu is centered around a realis / irrealis distinction, basically distinguishing between events that are happening or have already happened, and others. In this talk I will present the system of modality marking in Daakie spoken on Ambrym, which has a five-way distinction. I will discuss the use of this system in main and dependent clauses, and will present a theory that captures both its modal and temporal uses.