By Dr Mengistu Amberber, Dr Brett Baker, Mark Harvey

ISBN-10: 0521886678

ISBN-13: 9780521886673

Advanced predicates are multipredicational, yet monoclausal constructions. they've got confirmed difficult for linguistic idea, quite for proposed differences among the lexicon, morphology, and syntax. This quantity specializes in the mapping from morphosyntactic buildings to occasion constitution, and particularly, the limitations on attainable mappings. the amount showcases the 'coverb building' a fancy predicate development which, notwithstanding common, has bought little cognizance within the literature. The coverb development contrasts with extra typical serial verb buildings. The coverb building typically maps merely to occasion buildings like these of monomorphemic verbs, while serial verb buildings map to a variety of occasion constructions differing from these of monomorphemic verbs. the amount insurance is actually cross-linguistic, together with languages from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, East Africa and North the USA. the quantity establishes a brand new area of study in occasion constitution, syntax, and cross-linguistic typology.

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In all examples of this type – two coverbs and a single verb – one coverb modifies the other. Many languages, such as Marra, do not allow more than one coverb per clause. Coindexation constructions permit the major predicate functions to appear in sequential orders other than that specified in (). ’ (Alamblak – Bruce : ) In (), the BE (sick) predicate precedes the BECOME (BE (AT dead)) predicate. Coindexation constructions also permit simultaneous Complex predicate formation 37 temporal relations between all the major predicate functions.

It does not occur independently, unlike all the other finite verbs.  Slave classificatory verbs (Rice: –) action by poking (with stick, hand) action by hand action by foot controlled Ø-kwi, Ø-ge non-controlled Ø-ka controlled h-nih non-controlled Ø-tsi controlled Ø-ʔéh non-controlled Ø-táh b. The stance verbs constitute half of the inventory of intransitive finite verbs, as opposed to being absolutely or effectively absent. c. The inventory of transitives is matched by an inventory of formally unrelated detransitives, as opposed to detransitivisation being marked by standard morphological or syntactic structures.

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