Modal Structures in Altay Tuvan

Aydemir İ. A.

TURKIC LANGUAGES, vol.2, pp.215-232, 2020 (AHCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: TURKIC LANGUAGES
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.215-232
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This article deals with grammaticalized expressions of modality in Tuvan with special focus on Altay Tuvan, a dialect spoken by the Tsengel Tuvan people, who live as seminomads in Tsengel village, a part of Bayan Olgiy in western Mongolia. Modal categories, including voluntative, optative, hypothetical, necessitative, potential, confirmative, presumptive, and prospective, are expressed in Altay Tuvan by different synthetic and analytic devices. The article describes these devices in comparison to other varieties of Tuvan. Data collected during field work by the author is presented.