Repartitioning tense in Soq: a DATR implementation



Soq is a Papuan (Trans New Guinea) language spoken in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.

This DATR implementation is based on the analysis by Corbett and Daniels in Language.

The verb ‘stay’ in Soq is unique in that it repartitions the hodiernal tense and yesterday’s past tense so that the hodiernal refers to ‘now only’, while yesterday’s past refers to the interval ‘between the day before yesterday’s nightfall and now’. For all verbs apart from ‘stay’ the hodiernal tense refers to ‘the interval that includes now back to yesterday’s nightfall’, while yesterday’s past refers to ‘the interval between the day before yesterday’s nightfall up to yesterday’s nightfall’. This deposit includes two files:
1) an analysis written in the lexical knowledge representation language DATR (soq.dtr)
2) the set of theorems that can be inferred from that analysis (soq.dmp).
The analysis covers final verbs and requires no specification for tense in the lexical entries, with the exception of ‘stay’ where we specify that the hodiernal involves repartition. Nothing else needs to be specified, as the restructuring of yesterday’s past falls out from that repartition.
Date made available2019
PublisherUniversity of York
Date of data production10 Jul 2019

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