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Humanitarian sciences in Siberia

2006 year, number

On the Frustrative Component in the Semantics of the Particle kaj in the Ket Language

Butorin S.S.


The paper describes some basic semantic functions of the particle kaj in the Ket language. It is proposed that the basic component of the semantics of the particle in question is that of frustrative, i. e. the component marking the deviation from the normal course of situation evolution as thought of by the speaker/narrator. Frustrative is defined as a semantic category expressing frustration of the subject