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Event plurality and the verbal suffix ‑ (a)bad in Australian Kriol

Abstract

The verbal suffix ‑ (a)bad is a frequent form in Australian Kriol and is well attested across all described varieties of the language. Despite the prevalence of this suffix, its precise semantics have so far gone undescribed in the literature. In this article, we present a semantic analysis of this suffix, drawing on data from a variety of Kriol spoken in the north-east Kimberley region of Western Australia. We argue that the diverse set of readings associated with ‑ (a)bad can be best unified under an analysis of this form as a marker of verbal plurality (i.e. pluractionality). The suffix derives a set of plural events from a modified verb stem, which then interacts with aspect and argument structure to produce a wide range of readings, particularly readings of temporal, participant, and spatial plurality.

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hal-04521793 , version 1 (26-03-2024)

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Connor Brown, Maïa Ponsonnet. Event plurality and the verbal suffix ‑ (a)bad in Australian Kriol. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, inPress, ⟨10.1075/jpcl.00126.bro⟩. ⟨hal-04521793⟩
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