Finiteness and Negation in Dravidian

R. Amritavalli and K. A. Jayaseelan

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Finiteness and Negation in Dravidian

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This article attempts to show that Dravidian clause structure does not project a tense phrase. It suggests that finiteness in Dravidian is constituted by the presence of a mood phrase and shows that tense interpretation of negative clauses arises from the aspectual properties of particular nonfinite clause types. The article examines how negative sentences are formed in Kannada and Malayalam, and analyzes negation in Kannada that assigns finiteness to the negation element illa.

Keywords: Dravidian clause; tense phrase; finiteness; mood phrase; negative clauses; Kannada; Malayalam; illa

Article.  14165 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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