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date: 06 December 2019

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This article attempts to show that Dravidian clause structure does not project a tense phrase. It suggests that finiteness in Dravidian is constituted by the presence of a mood phrase and shows that tense interpretation of negative clauses arises from the aspectual properties of particular nonfinite clause types. The article examines how negative sentences are formed in Kannada and Malayalam, and analyzes negation in Kannada that assigns finiteness to the negation element illa.

Keywords: Dravidian clause, tense phrase, finiteness, mood phrase, negative clauses, Kannada, Malayalam, illa

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