January 9, 1989
Indian Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 16, pp. 66-67, 1989
Primarily, author had faced a problem with the bound morheme – Ta (classifier) in the Bangla sentences like: 1. korchiSTa ki? do-pr.cont-(-Hon)-classifier what? 2. korchoTa ki? do-pr.cont-(-Hon) classifier what? 3. korchenTa ki? do-pr.cont-( Hon) classifier what? 4. Hocche Ta Ki? happen-pr.cont-classifier what?
In all these cases bound morpheme Ta is lonely as it is not a part of the preceding verbs which have already got inflections and thus are closed though orthographically Ta is written with those verb. In all these cases wh-object is missing as the speaker of these sentences does not have the cognition of that wh-object or otherwise s/he is cognizing the absence. The second possibility is that s/he may have the pragmatic competence of cognizing that wh-object but s/he is pretending to be an ignorant, i.e. s/he has a cognition of absence of absence which is otherwise a presence. At that time, the author structurally interpreted this phenomenon from the perspective of Empty Category Principle.
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Keywords: Empty Category Principle