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Pakistan Journal of Language Studies

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1 Aspect in English and Mugali Rai: A Contrastive Study , Ichchha Purna Rai
The paper attempts to explore the aspect system in Mugali Rai, spoken in Dhankuta district of Nepal by a very few people and compares and contrasts Mugali Rai aspect system with that of English aspect system. There are only two aspects in Mugali Rai, namely, perfect and progressive. Perfect aspect can be categorised into past perfect and present perfect in terms of time dimensions. Similarly, progressive aspect is also categorised into past progressive and present progressive from time dimensions. All types of aspects in Mugali Rai are morphologically marked. On the contrary, aspect system in English is not only morphologically marked. There are several complex constructions using have+past participle, be+present participle, and have+been+present participle for perfect, progressive and perfect progressive, respectively. Mugali Rai has only four structures for aspect whereas English has 17 different types of aspectual structures described in examples (24-40). It is really a challenging job for Mugali Rai learners to conceptualise these different structures. Finally, this paper finds out EFL problems and suggests some pedagogical strategies for teaching and learning English aspect system as a foreign language to Mugali Rai learners. Keywords: aspect, past progressive, present progressive, past perfect, present perfect
2 The Two and a Half Faces of Bangla Monosyllables , Mina Dan
Monosyllables are syllables as well as words. As syllables, they have a phonetic and a phonological representation - both together facilitate, first, checking legal combinations of segments in a language by devising a template, and second, revealing the phonotactics of the language. As words, monosyllables display at least four distinct features – meaning, overt structure, naming potentiality and orthography. These features assign monosyllables the status of an interface unit too. The present paper attempts to capture the two faces, viz., the syllable-like face and the word-like face of Bangla/Bengali monosyllables on various levels of language structure and treats the interface identity of them as an additional half face of the unit, as mentioned in the title of the paper.   Keywords: monosyllables, Bangla, rime, template, metrical phonology