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The presentation discusses a rare typological pattern of person marking called conjunct/disjunct in the literature, as it can be seen in the Arwako language Ika, spoken in northeastern Colombia.

Although conjunct/disjunct systems have a function as argument marking (subject) on the verb, there are other motivations underlying the system that appear to be variable across different languages that feature conjunct/disjunct marking. These variable functions, it is argued, are central to an understanding of conjunct/disjunct marking as a grammatical phenomenon.

The investigation uses newly collected first-hand data to argue for the presence of conjunct/disjunct marking in Ika and investigates the interaction between conjunct/disjunct marking and three “modal” suffixes, previously analyzed in terms of “sentence mood” (i.e. declarative/interrogative), an analysis that is challenged by the present investigation.

Comparisons are also made to languages like Awa Pit (Curnow 2002), Tsafiki (Dickinson 2000) and Akhvakh (Creissels 2009) in an attempt to explain conjunct/disjunct more generally and to map the mechanics that have given rise to various versions of the system in genetically related and unrelated languages.

Creissels, Denis. 2009. Language documentation and verb inflection typology: the case of Norhtern Akhvakh (Nakh-Daghestanian). Handout at Chronos 9, Paris October 2-4 2009.

Curnow, J. Timothy. 2002. Conjunct/disjunct marking in Awa Pit. Linguistics 40 (3): 611-627.

Dickinson, Connie. 2000. Mirativity in Tsafiki. Studies in Language 24 (2): 379-421.