The role of tense and aspect in Mbodomo narrative discourse

Authors

  • Ginger Boyd

Keywords:

Mbodomo, Gbaya, tense, aspect, narrative discourse

Abstract

In Mbodomo, a Gbaya language spoken in Cameroon, the tense/aspect of the verb plays an important role in narrative discourse. In general, tense/aspect is not marked on main clause verbs except in the story setting. Outside of the story setting, tense/aspect inflection is used for marking discontinuity of reference (topic, participants), situation (time, location), or action within the narrati ve text.

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Published

2000-06-01