Frustration, culmination, and inertia in Kimaragang grammar

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The FRUSTRATIVE particle in Kimaragang marks unrealized expectations or intentions, counterfactuals, etc. Copley & Harley (2010) propose a unified account for frustratives, non-culminating accomplishments (‘I killed the snake but it didn’t die’) and the “imperfective paradox”, based on Dowty’s (1979) concept of “inertia”. I argue that this analysis makes the wrong predictions for Kimaragang. The distribution of frustratives and non-culminating accomplishments in Kimaragang reveals a number of differences not predicted by the Copley & Harley analysis. These differences in distribution reflect in part a difference in the kind of expectation that is involved. In non-culminating accomplishments, the unachieved result is specified by the meaning of the verb, whereas frustrative clauses may involve expectations that are based on cultural factors, knowledge of the world, etc. I sketch out an alternative analysis of Kimaragang frustratives which treats expectation and intention as modal concepts.

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Kimaragang, Dusunic, Austronesian, frustrative, optative, inertia, culmination, accomplishment, counterfactual

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Kroeger, P., (2017) “Frustration, culmination, and inertia in Kimaragang grammar”, Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 2(1): 56. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.146

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Paul Kroeger (GIAL and SIL Intl., 7500 W, Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, Texas)

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