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Pragmatic Considerations.

Another variable feature of Tamil aspectual verbs is that there are pragmatic considerations that are involved in the choice of whether to mark aspect or not. Since aspect is not an obligatory category, it may or not be present. However, there is a tendency not to mark aspectual distinctions in certain constructions, even if they might be technically grammatical. The reasons for this are pragmatic ones, having to do with politeness, shared perceptions, the nature of truth propositions, etc. There is also a tendency to use aspectual marking to add speaker commentary to the sentence, even with the `purely' aspectual markers, but especially with the attitudinal ones.

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