Case marking in infinitive (ad-form) clauses in Old Georgian
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A specific feature of both Modern and Old Georgian is that case marking of subjects and objects is sensitive to the choice of tense/aspect. This paper focuses on a construction that was found in complementation in Old Georgian (5th-11th centuries) where alongside with finite forms, an infinitive began to develop. Generally, this was a verb-noun in the adverbial case (-(a)d): tesva ‘sowing’ –> tesva-d ‘sow’. As the infinitive lacks expression of tense/aspect it is not able to assign case to its arguments in the same way as a finite verb does in Georgian. In this paper we will show that case marking of the direct object (and sometimes of the subject) of the infinitive is determined by the tense/aspect of the matrix verb.
|Research areas and keywords||
Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
|Name||Working Papers, Lund University, Dept. of Linguistics|
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