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Event contours--culturally neutral?

I just read the (( "ZAhO tenses explained" ))(external link) article from the archives, and I wonder if the ten event contours (pu'o, ca'o, ba'o, za'o, co'i, co'a, co'u, mo'u, de'a, di'a) as well as related aspectual cmavo can really be considered either "universal" or "culturally neutral". The papers recognizes initially that "the concepts are very un-English", but what are they based on?

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Most if not all are from Russian, and possibly Chinese (the latter is just a guess, however.) It wouldn't surprise me to find that other languages have them. — mi'e bancus


Created by bancus. Last Modification: Friday 28 of March, 2003 06:12:43 GMT by bancus.