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A Historical Morphology of Western Karaim: the -a-d- Continuative Present

In: International Journal of Eurasian Linguistics
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  • 1 Jagiellonian University in KrakówPoland
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Abstract

In this paper the author presents the hitherto undescribed Western Karaim -a-d- ~ -a-dy- ~ -a-dyr- verbal forms. The description of these forms is based on philological data collected from 18th- and 19th-century manuscripts and the final conclusion is that it was primarily used to express continuative present. The author also argues in favour of treating the first half of the 19th century as the terminus ante quem for its final disappearance in colloquial Karaim. This paper is the second in a series of articles introducing previously undocumented Karaim grammatical categories.

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