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A Study of Tenselessness in Rengma (Western)

Centre for Endangered Languages, Tezpur University, Tezpur-784028 Assam, India
Languages 2019, 4(4), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4040089
Received: 14 August 2019 / Revised: 25 September 2019 / Accepted: 4 November 2019 / Published: 10 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Endangered and Lesser Known Languages)
Rengma is a Tibeto–Burman language from the Naga group (Angami–Pochuri) spoken in Northeast India. The paper is one of the first attempts in documenting the Western Rengma language, a variety of Rengma found in Karbi Anglong district, Assam. It makes attempts to study the tense, aspect and mood features present in Western Rengma in comparison to related neighbouring Tibeto-Burman (TB) languages such as Angami and Sema and thereby, seek to identify the aspect of tenselessness in this language. The study further examines the serial verb construction (SVC) as pivotal in determining time in relation to tense–aspect–mood (TAM). Throughout the paper, we observe the semantic-pragmatic features to probe the verbal features and later validate if time in Rengma is a genetic or an areal feature. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tense; aspect; mood; Rengma Tense; aspect; mood; Rengma
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