Tense, Aspect and Mood in Awetí verb-paradigms: Analytic and synthetic forms.

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This paper describes the verbal Tense-Aspect-Mood system of Awet&#237; &#40;Tupian, Central Brazil&#41; in a Word-and-Paradigm approach.<br />One classification of Awet&#237; verb forms contains clear aspect categories. A second set of independent classifications renders at least four moods and contains a third major TAM classification, factuality, that has one mainly temporal category Future, while others are partially or wholly modal.<br />Structural categories reflect the formal composition of the forms. Some forms are synthetic, &#8216;marked&#8217; only by means of affixes, but many are analytic, containing auxiliary particles.<br />With selected sample forms we demonstrate in detail the interplay of structural and functional categories in Awet&#237; verb paradigms.


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