chapter  9
13 Pages


BySanford B. Steever

This chapter points up some of the topics that naturally grow out of the analysis of the Tamil indicative auxiliary verb system and offers some closing remarks on the usefulness of Auxiliary Formation as a model for analyzing auxiliary verb phenomena. Before grammatical tests showed it not to be an auxiliary, the verb tiriya ‘wander’ in was hypothesized to convey pejorative attitude, aspectually characterizing an event as wandering and pointless, stuck, as it were, in a liminal phase. A potentially rich topic for study are the verbal categories of Tamil. Their analysis, still very much in its infancy, will benefit from intensive research of the basic verb forms as well as an analysis of the modal auxiliaries. How the Tamil auxiliary system varies across space, society and time calls for the appropriate geographical, sociolinguistic and historical studies.