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Xiaofei Kang and Donald S. Sutton

at tilling fields,” living in high stone towers far northwest of Songpan. 39 They were understood to be Tibetan, as they are in the People’s Republic. During the Kangxi reign, their three tsowa had earned a reputation for plundering envoys, merchant caravans and travellers, as well as various

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Marius Zemp

. 3.1.3.3 X -(b)a -X Adverbials: ‘Equally’ ~ ‘Continuously’ One productive formation in Purik inserts the vowel - a - between two reduplicated syllables in order to indicate equality – a clearly iconically motivated function. This basic meaning is evident in tot-a-tot ‘equal’ (cf. WT dod “an

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Marius Zemp

tsʰerdúŋ ‘pincers’, which minimally contrasts with what can be analyzed as a complex verbal root, namely tsʰé rduŋ ‘beat life’: Even if it is certainly a challenge for a speaker of Purik to attribute a concrete meaning to that seeming imperative (that is, a low-pitched rduŋ can only be analyzed as an

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-( s)e participle of the verb sat ‘kill’. The verb pʰaŋ , which is not attested as an auxiliary elsewhere, appears to depict killing as involving the dislocation of a life into a place outside of the world of living beings. 4.3.7 Quotative zer In some quotative constructions