Serial Verbs in Oceanic: A Descriptive Typology

Hardcover | November 1, 2002

byTerry Crowley

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This book describes the diversity of serial verb constructions within Oceanic languages. Serial verb constructions are sequences of verbs placed one after another to express meanings which in other languages are typically expressed by means of single verbs. It has long been established thatWest African, Southeast Asian and Papuan languages are serializing languages, but the construction has only comparatively recently been recognized in Oceanic languages, which belong to a very large sub-group of the Austronesian family.Terry Crowley demonstrates that patterns of serial verbs can exhibit structural diversity even within a single language. He examines how serial verbs originate, investigating issues such as language contact and functional issues in language change. Serial verbs are often subject to reanalysis andthis book investigates how they have developed new grammatical functions in different languages.Serial Verbs in Oceanic will interest typologists, those concerned with Austronesian languages in particular, and syntactic change in general, as well as linguists interested in Austronesian, language contact, linguistic typology, and syntactic change.

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This book describes the diversity of serial verb constructions within Oceanic languages. Serial verb constructions are sequences of verbs placed one after another to express meanings which in other languages are typically expressed by means of single verbs. It has long been established thatWest African, Southeast Asian and Papuan langu...

Terry Crowley is Associate Professor in the Department of General and Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato. He has researched languages in Vanuatu for 25 years, and has written about the Paamese and Erromangan languages. He has produced a dictionary of Bislama, and a detailed account of its historical development.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.84 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198241356

ISBN - 13:9780198241355

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Table of Contents

1. Linguistic typology and serial verbs2. Oceanic languages, serial verbs and linguistic descriptions3. Paamese serial verbs4. The distribution and evolution of Oceanic serial verbs5. The dissolution of Oceanic serial verbs6. Oceanic serial verbs and Melanesian Pidgin7. Oceanic serial verbs and the broader contextReferencesIndex

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`Serial Verbs in Oceanic is an invaluable addition to the literature on serial verbs, and Crowley deserves full credit for contributing to a more balanced representation of the distribution of SVCs across the languages of the world.'Linguistic Society of New Zealand