The origin of the causative and simulative suffix -ter in Hakha Lai and Falam Chin
This paper investigates the origin of the causative (CAUS) and simulative (SML) suffix -ter in two varieties of Lai language, Hakha Lai and Falam Chin. It also shows that Proto Central Chin (PCC) full verbs *tiir ‘to send someone to do an errand’ and *der ‘to pretend to’ grammaticalized and merged into the Lai CAUS and SML suffix -ter due to frequency pressure, the first time this type of argument for semantic change is used in Kuki-Chin (KC).
Keywords: causative, dialect, frequency pressure, merger, prefix, reflexive, simulative, suffix
Published online: 04 January 2021
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