Paamese Serial Verbs

Terry Crowley

in Serial Verbs in Oceanic

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780198241355
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712050 | DOI:
 Paamese Serial Verbs

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Using a case study this chapter discusses serial verbs in the Paamese language. The chapter attempts to describe all serial verb constructions that are used in the language, as well as a wide a range of serial verb-like constructions, in order to demonstrate the complexity of the distribution of structural patterns and sub-patterns in Paamese. The focus is on the Paamese language of Vanuatu. Paamese serial verbs exhibit patterns which appear in many respects to be fairly typical of a great number of Oceanic languages. In the discussion of serial verb constructions, the formal characteristics of the various patterns that are to be found, as well as the different functions performed by these constructions, are analysed. The chapter discusses core-layer serialization, nuclear-layer serialization, and multiple serialization in the Paamese language, as well as the fuzzy edges of Paamese serial verbs, non-verbal elements coopted as serial verbs, and serialized kati.

Keywords: Paamese language; serial verbs; serial verb constructions; verb serialization; kati; Vanuatu; Oceanic languages; non-verbal elements

Chapter.  21845 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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