The Mehri Participle: Form, Function, and Evolution

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Abstract

The verbal form known as the active participle (= AP) is an integral part of the Mehri verbal system, functioning mainly – but not exclusively – as a future tense.1 Yet despite its frequency, recent synopses of the language have given this form very little attention. For example, in the very important sketch of the Modern South Arabian languages by Johnstone (1975), discussion of the AP is limited to less than one sentence (p. 119). In the very useful set of observations by Lonnet (1994a), the AP receives only a little more consideration, about ten lines. In the more recent outline by Simeone-Senelle (1997), the AP also gets about ten lines. All of this is in contrast to the grammar of Jahn (1905), in which the AP (or future, as Jahn calls it) is treated as a basic verbal tense and is included in all paradigm sets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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