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A Micro-Typology of Pluractionality

  • Author(s): Ward, Kaeli Shannon
  • Advisor(s): Rett, Jessica
  • et al.

Pluractionality, a specific type of event plurality, is at best only partially understood. In this thesis, I survey four pluractional languages in order to compare and contrast them in search of generalizations across the pluractional strategies. I divide the pluractional markers between canonical and non-canonical pluractional strategies, and use the previous analyses of three of the four languages under discussion to build an analysis for never before seen pluractional data from Bole, a West Chadic language spoken primarily in Nigeria. Along the way I fashion a new analysis for Chechen using the tools provided in Henderson (2010) for Karitiana and Kaqchikel. My analysis of Bole is presented in both a static and a dynamic framework, showing how the analysis transcends framework limitations.

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