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This quantity of recent paintings explores the kinds and features of serial verbs. The creation units out the cross-linguistic parameters of version, and the ultimate bankruptcy attracts out a suite of conclusions. those body fourteen explorations of serial verb buildings and comparable buildings in languages from Asia, Africa, North, crucial and South the US, and the Pacific. Chapters on famous languages comparable to Cantonese and Thai are set along the languages of small hunter-gatherer and slash-and-burn agriculturalist teams. A serial verb building (sometimes simply known as serial verb) is a series of verbs which acts jointly as one. each one describes what might be conceptualized as a unmarried occasion. they're monoclausal; their intonational homes are these of a monoverbal clause; they often have only one stressful, point, temper, and polarity price; and they're an incredible device in cognitive packaging of occasions. Serial verb structures are a pervasive function of separating languages of Asia and West Africa, and also are present in the languages of the Pacific, South, imperative and North the US, such a lot of them endangered.Serial verbs were an issue of curiosity between linguists for it slow. This amazing e-book is the 1st to review the phenomenon throughout languages of other typological and genetic profiles. The authors, all skilled linguistic fieldworkers, stick with a unified typological strategy and stay away from formalisms. The booklet will curiosity scholars, at graduate point and above, of syntax, typology, language universals, info constitution, and language touch. in departments of linguistics and anthroplogy.

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It has also been claimed that some languages can have SVCs with diVerent subjects sharing direct objects (see Bradshaw 1983: 190; Bisang 1986: 155, for the discussion of Jabeˆm; and Chang 1990: 295–6). Whether such constructions are indeed SVCs or coordinate constructions requires further investigation. 7. further properties of serial verb constructions Serial verb constructions typically share the marking of command, as in Alamblak (Bruce 1984: 168). In Tariana, cohortative ma ‘let’s (do something)’ and wasa˜ ‘let’s go’ have the whole SVC within their scope (see example (15) in Chapter 8).

Another causative SVC, with a diVerent order of components, contains the verb ‘put, attend to: indirect causation’ (see (22) in Chapter 8). Causative SVCs may be a subclass of cause–eVect SVCs, as in Mwotlap (§4 of Chapter 10), and in Olutec (example (30) in Chapter 13). 26 Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald Benefactive SVCs add the role of recipient or beneWciary; they may also involve the verb ‘give’, as in (45) from Saramaccan. 1 of Chapter 8), these involve verbs ‘do’ and ‘seek’. Saramaccan (Byrne 1990: 152) (45) Ko´W bi ba´i dı´ bu´ku da´ dı´ muye´ KoW tense buy the book give the woman ‘KoW had bought the woman the book’ Instrumental SVCs often involve the verbs ‘take’ or ‘hold’, as in (46) (see Chapter 11).

6 of Chapter 4), and intensity marking in Dumo, whereby a lexicalized symmetrical SVC ‘see-hit’ in V2 position intensiWes the action of the V1, taken from an open class (see example (39) in Chapter 9). Various semantic types of asymmetrical SVCs may diVer structurally, as they do in Tariana (Tables 4 and 5 in Chapter 8), where each type is assigned its own order of components. In Goemai, SVCs of distinct semantic types diVer in terms of marking grammatical categories (see Table 2 in Chapter 3).

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