• The imperfective in Central Zapotec: Evidence from Tlacochahuaya Zapotec

    Author(s):
    May Helena Plumb (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Linguistics
    Subject(s):
    Semantics, Linguistics, Mexico
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Texas Linguistics Society
    Conf. Org.:
    University of Texas at Austin
    Conf. Loc.:
    Austin, TX
    Conf. Date:
    February 14-15, 2020
    Tag(s):
    aspect, imperfectives, Zapotec, Oaxaca, indigenous langauge
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/dtwz-g482
    Abstract:
    An imperfective TAM prefix of the form /r-/ (typically labeled a “Habitual”) is apparent in all branches of the Zapotec language family and can be reconstructed to Proto-Zapotec. Central Zapotec, however, has innovated a progressive prefix /ka(j)-/ (see Broadwell 2015; Smith-Stark 2004). This raises the question: how has the introduction of this progressive impacted the semantics of the general imperfective? Here, I draw together evidence from three modern Central Zapotec languages — including my own research on Tlacochahuaya Zapotec — in comparison with Colonial Valley Zapotec data, to create a fuller picture of the development of these TAM categories.
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