Journal article

Habituality in four Oceanic languages of Melanesia

Kilu von Prince, Ana Krajinović, Anna Margetts, Nick Thieberger, Valérie Guérin

STUF - Language Typology and Universals | Walter de Gruyter GmbH | Published : 2019


Our knowledge about tense, aspect and modality (TMA) in the Oceanic languages of Melanesia has so far been severely limited by the lack of available data. Habituality in particular, as one of the less described TMA categories, has not yet been widely discussed for this group of languages. Based on corpus data and elicitations, we give a detailed overview of four languages, identifying common trends and addressing specific questions of general concern. These include the relation of habituality to (im)perfectivity and the relation between habituality and irrealis.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by DFG (German Research Foundation)

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the editors for prompting us to write this article. We would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their valuable feedback and suggestions. And we would like to thank the DFG (German Research Foundation) for partially funding this research (MelaTAMP project, 273640553).