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Vii. viii. ix. 0 INFLECTIONAL MORPHOLOGY An important issue in describing verb inflection in BK is the syntactic distinction between finite and non-finite verbs. Finite verbs in this description consist of verbs that occur last in the predicate of the main clause. Non-finite verbs are those that occur as the non-final verb in the predicate of the main clause and those that occur in subordinate clause predicates. 12 Tense/aspect is marked on both finite and non-finite verbs. Negation is marked in a variety of ways on finite and non-finite verbs; finite verbs take a negative suffix, but non-finite verbs have suffixes that encode negation together with other clausal relations.

This marker has restricted distribution compared to the rd suffix /-s/ that is used to form realis themes for this class: (a) It does not occur with 3 singular subjects. 20 (b) The only subject agreement marker that occurs after it is a PN marker. (c) It is not used to form realis themes to which other category markers can attach; that is, it is used only for perfective aspect. 19 Cf. Chung and Timberlake (1985: 217): “On the proposition level, ... closure means simply that an event comes to an end before some temporal point (‘John painted until the sun went down’) or within the confines of some temporal interval (‘John painted from morning until night’, ‘John painted seventeen houses within three days’).

Habitual /-o/ nyrod /nyr-o-d/ ‘N used to look’ iii. Perfect /-na/ nydnad /nyr-na-d/ ‘N has looked’ 11 The alternant with the diphthong can be derived by rule from the alternant with the monophthong. The relevant root alternant is shown in the morpheme breakdown to make it easier for the reader to relate the surface form to the root or its derivative. 26 iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. 0 INFLECTIONAL MORPHOLOGY An important issue in describing verb inflection in BK is the syntactic distinction between finite and non-finite verbs.

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