A Brief Description on Impersonal Constructions in Uyghur
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2019, Pages: 166-173
Received: Jun. 13, 2019; Accepted: Jul. 8, 2019; Published: Jul. 17, 2019
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Muzappar Abdurusul, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
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Abstract
Impersonal constructions have been a regular topic of investigation in various languages which belong to different language families across the world. Discussions over Impersonal constructions would constitute main contribution to the theoretical study. Although impersonal constructions are the main characteristics of Uyghur, but it’s been hardly noticed by theoretical linguists. With this research, I would like to put forward the idea that Uyghur also have a wide variety of impersonal constructions, the analysis of which would bring an interesting contribution to the typology of impersonality. Scholars conceive impersonal constructions in different terms, some apply morphological methods, and others adopt syntactic approaches. Whichever methodology they apply, it is unarguable that impersonal constructions are agentless by nature, in which the sentences may not have an overt subject. They are many varieties of types, such as agentless gerunds, agentless passives, existential sentences etc. Since Uyghur is a pro-drop language, omitting the pronominal subject also helps to form impersonal constructions. This paper provides a brief description on the types of impersonal constructions, explicates several ways of forming agentless sentences, and introduces main types of impersonal sentences in Uyghur.
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Impersonal Constructions, Uyghur, Typology and Formation
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Muzappar Abdurusul, A Brief Description on Impersonal Constructions in Uyghur, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 4, 2019, pp. 166-173. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190704.13
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