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Linguistic Typology and Serial Verbs

Terry Crowley

in Serial Verbs in Oceanic

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780198241355
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198241355.003.0001
 Linguistic Typology and Serial Verbs

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Linguistic areas can develop where languages belong to linguogenetic groupings of completely different origins, rather than just different subgroups within a single language family. There is strong evidence, for example, that Austronesian languages of the Oceanic subgroup which have come into contact with non-Austronesian languages in the New Guinea area have acquired some originally non-Austronesian structural features as a result of contact. This has affected even major grammatical patterns such as the basic constituent order, with Oceanic languages in this area often exhibiting the widespread non-Austronesian SOV constituent order in contrast to other Oceanic languages. This chapter discusses the similarities and differences between languages, linguistic typology, serial verbs and serial verb constructions, quantification of serialization, and grammaticalization of serial verbs.

Keywords: linguistic typology; serial verbs; serial verb constructions; verb serialization; grammaticalization; Oceanic languages; Austronesia

Chapter.  10810 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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