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Durative or Continuative Action.

Durative or continuous action similar to the `progressive' construction VERB+ING in English, is expressed in Tamil by combining ش koo in its AVP form ե kittu with the `stative' aspectual verb iru, i.e. ե kittiru, and affixing this to the AVP of a main verb: + ե + ػ vandu+ kitt-irundeen `I was com-ing.' The expression of durative CONTINUOUS action (a semantically separate kind of aspectual contrast) will be dealt with in more detail in a later section, but a few examples are given here.



Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996