For the final Linguistisc Colloquy of the semester, undergraduate, James Tandy, presented his Honors Research project in compeltion of Departmental Honors and the University's Research Experience Program. Tandy's research, "On the Verbal Status of the Kiche' Maya Perfect," was conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Clifton Pye.
Abstract: Early descriptive grammars of K'iche' analyzed the perfect aspect as simply a verbal inflection in the same paradigm as the incompletive and completive aspects. However, unlike other verbal aspects, the perfect exhibits idosuncratic behaviors such as the lack of an aspectproclitic, the use of ergative agreement markers typically associated with possessors rather than verbal agents, and the ability to function adjectivally in a noun phrase. Because of these facts, Larsen's (1988) dissertation on K'iche' analyzes the perfect as a "deverbal adjective" that forms a nonverbal stative predicate rather than a verbal predicate. The nonverbal analysis, in turn, carries its own set of difficulties, and the predictions which have never been fully explored. This project provides a preliminary analysis of the syntactic consequences of both analyses in order to evaluate Larsen's claim about the perfect.