I músu fu woóko taánga: Restructuring in Saamáka

  • Marleen van de Vate CASTL, University of Tromsø
Keywords: Saamáka, restructuring, functional sequence, TMA


This paper addresses FU constructions in Saamáka. FU constructions are composed of a lexical or auxiliary verb and the complementizer/preposition fu. They convey an aspectual or modality reading. FU constructions have a fixed position in the TMA sequence, and they are placed in between the core TMA morphemes of Saamáka. In this paper, I show that verbs in FU constructions are restructuring verbs and therefore they have a mono-clausal structure.