Serial Verb Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Paperback | September 6, 2007

EditorAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R.M.W. Dixon

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This volume of new work explores the forms and functions of serial verbs. The introduction sets out the cross-linguistic parameters of variation, and the final chapter draws out a set of conclusions. These frame fourteen explorations of serial verb constructions and similar structures inlanguages from Asia, Africa, North, Central and South America, and the Pacific. Chapters on well-known languages such as Cantonese and Thai are set alongside the languages of small hunter-gatherer and slash-and-burn agriculturalist groups. A serial verb construction (sometimes just called serial verb) is a sequence of verbs which acts together as one. Each describes what can be conceptualized as a single event. They are monoclausal; their intonational properties are those of a monoverbal clause; they generally have just one tense,aspect, mood, and polarity value; and they are an important tool in cognitive packaging of events. Serial verb constructions are a pervasive feature of isolating languages of Asia and West Africa, and are also found in the languages of the Pacific, South, Central and North America, most of themendangered.Serial verbs have been a subject of interest among linguists for some time. This outstanding book is the first to study the phenomenon across languages of different typological and genetic profiles. The authors, all experienced linguistic fieldworkers, follow a unified typological approach and avoidformalisms. The book will interest students, at graduate level and above, of syntax, typology, language universals, information structure, and language contact, in departments of linguistics and anthroplogy.

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This volume of new work explores the forms and functions of serial verbs. The introduction sets out the cross-linguistic parameters of variation, and the final chapter draws out a set of conclusions. These frame fourteen explorations of serial verb constructions and similar structures inlanguages from Asia, Africa, North, Central and S...

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Professor and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and published, in Russian, a grammar of Modern Hebrew (1990). She is a major authority on typological and areal features of South Am...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:September 6, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Serial Verb Constructions in Typological Perspective2. Stephen Matthews: On Serial Verb Constructions in Cantonese3. Birgit Hellwig: Serial Verb Constructions in Goemai4. Christa Kilian-Hatz: Serial Verb Constructions in Khwe (Central-Khoisan)5. Felix K. Ameka: Ewe Serial Verb Constructions in their Grammatical Context6. David B. Solnit: Verb Serialization in Eastern Kayah Li7. A.V.N. Diller: Thai Serial Verbs: Cohesion and Culture8. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Serial Verb Constructions in Tariana9. Andrew Ingram: Serial Verb Constructions in Dumo10. Alexandre Francois: Serial Verb Constructions in Mwotlap11. John Hajek: Serial Verbs in Tetun Dili12. Frantisek Lichtenberk: Serial Verb Constructions in Toqabaqita13. Roberto Zavala: Serial Verbs in Olutec (Mixean)14. Willem J. de Reuse: Serial Verbs in Lakota (Siouan)15. Azeb Amha and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal: Verbal Compounding in Wolaitta16. R. M. W. Dixon: Serial Verb Constructions: Conspectus and CodaIndex of AuthorsIndex of SubjectsIndex of Languages, Language Families, and Areas