Complex Predicates in Oceanic Languages: Studies in the Dynamics of Binding and Boundness

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Isabelle Bril, Françoise Ozanne-Rivierre
Walter de Gruyter, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 398 pages
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This volume provides new data for typological studies and contributes a detailed investigation of the "nuclear" type of complex predicates in Oceanic languages. This VV pattern may correspond to two different syntactic structures, either co-ranking or hierarchized (head-modifier). It appears to be compatible with all types of basic word orders, thus contradicting the generalizations which correlate "nuclear" serialization with verb-final order. Part 1 contains two synthetic articles on the research of serial verbs in Austronesian languages, as well as detailed case studies of complex predicates in various Oceanic languages. Part 2 concentrates on some processes leading to the grammaticalization of serialized verbs into clitics or adpositions.

 

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Contents

What do we really know about serial verb constructions in Austronesian
49
Anna Margetts
65
Serial and complex verb constructions in Teop North Bougainville
89
Constraints and creativity in the macroverb
107
Serial and compound verbs in Anejorh Vanuatu
145
Complex verbs and dependency strategies in Nelemwa
167
Complex predicate constructions in East Uvean Wallis
199
Serial verbs and complex constructions in Pileni Solomon Islands
225
A particular case of qualitative
251
The grammaticization of directional verbs in Oceanic languages
297
The evolution of the verb take in New Caledonian languages
331
Verbal compounds and lexical prefixes in the languages of
347
References
373
Index
397
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Isabelle Bril and Francoise Ozanne-Rivierre are Researchers at the LACITO-CNRS in Villejuif, France.

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