Discourse functions of the perfect with application to English, New Testament Greek and Sistani Balochi
English and Sistani Balochi are tense-prominent languages, and use the perfect mainly to elaborate on an existing topic when referring to a past event. New Testament Greek is an aspect-prominent language with no distinct form for present perfectives. This lecture investigates the discourse functions of the perfect in these three languages.
Said, Seen, or Thought: Evidentiality in Kumzari
Kumzari is an Indo-Iranian mixed language spoken on the Arabian peninsula. Three particles in Kumzari code information source as sensory, reportive, or inferred. Evidentiality is distinguished from both epistemic modality (certainty of information) and mirativity (prior knowledge of information), which are instead marked on the verb.
A 16th century Balochi epic on Braho Jadgal wars and the emergence of Brahui rule in Balochistan
In this talk we will discuss the epic on the Brāhō-Jadgāl wars, the tradition on the arrival of Brāhōes in the region, their gaining of power and their shifting to the Brahui language. We will also discuss the formation of Brāhōī tribes and their acquiring of tribal lands in their present territories. We will also make an attempt to study the toponymy of the region to see if there are any traces o