Habituality in four Oceanic languages of Melanesia

Kilu von Prince, Anna Krajinovic, Anna Margetts, Nick Thieberger, Valerie Guerin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


Our knowledge about tense, aspect and modality (TMA) in the Oceanic languages of Melanesia has so far been severely limited by the lack of available data. Habituality in particular, as one of the less described TMA categories, has not yet been widely discussed for this group of languages. Based on corpus data and elicitations, we give a detailed overview of four languages, identifying common trends and addressing specific questions of general concern. These include the relation of habituality to (im)perfectivity and the relation between habituality and irrealis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-66
Number of pages46
JournalSTUF - Language Typology and Universals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Aspect
  • Modality
  • Oceanic
  • Reduplication

Cite this