Auxiliary Verb Constructions

Paperback | July 1, 2009

byGregory D. S. Anderson

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This is the most comprehensive survey ever published of auxiliary verb constructions (as in, for example, 'he could have been going to drink it' and 'she does eat cheese'). Drawing on a database of over 800 languages Dr. Anderson examines their morphosyntactic forms and semantic roles, andinvestigates and explains the historical changes leading to the cross-linguistic diversity of inflectional patterns. He presents his results within a new typological framework. The book's impressive range includes data on variation within and across languages and language families. In addition to examining languages in Africa, Europe, and Asia the author presents analyses of languages in Australasia and the Pacific and in North, South, and Meso-America. In doing so hereveals much that is new about the language families of the world and makes an important contribution to the understanding of their nature and evolution. His book will interest scholars and researchers in language typology, historical and comparative linguistics, syntax, and morphology.

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This is the most comprehensive survey ever published of auxiliary verb constructions (as in, for example, 'he could have been going to drink it' and 'she does eat cheese'). Drawing on a database of over 800 languages Dr. Anderson examines their morphosyntactic forms and semantic roles, andinvestigates and explains the historical change...

Gregory Anderson is a researcher at the Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon, and at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He is engaged in primary descriptive, typological, and comparative research on endangered languages of south-central Siberia, Turkic languages, the isolate Burushaski language of north...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199563292

ISBN - 13:9780199563296

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Table of Contents

1. Auxiliaries and Auxiliary Verb Constructions2. AUX-headed Constructions3. LEX-headed Auxiliary Verb Constructions4. Doubled Inflection5. Split and Split/Doubled Inflectional Patterns6. Complex Verb Forms from Fused Auxiliary Verb Constructions7. The Origins of patterns of Inflection in Auxiliary Verb ConstructionsAppendixReferencesSubject IndexLanguage Index