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Tak and Kok in Javanese Language

By W. Widhyasmaramurti


Javanese language Ngoko has many sophisticated verbal affixes, and two of them, tak and kok, are widely known as passive markers in Javanese. However, these two affixes seem to have other functions as well. They can also occur as personal pronouns and as modal operators. This raises the question whether these so-called “passive markers” really marked passive voices. At issue is whether tak and kok are single morpheme with multiple functions or multiple homophonic morphemes, each with a different function. This paper argues that Javanese tak and kok are one type of morpheme when they function as passive markers and personal pronouns, but another homophonous type when they function as modal operators

Topics: Letteren, Javanese language, passive markers, personal pronouns, modal operators
Year: 2008
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