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The Dissolution of Oceanic 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/9780198241355.003.0005
 The Dissolution of Oceanic Serial Verbs

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It is clear that serial verbs have not been entirely structurally stable, as reflected by the apparent loss of this pattern among Micronesian and Polynesian languages. This chapter examines the range of structural outcomes for particular kinds of serial verb constructions in Oceanic languages, describing the various structural homologues of serial verb constructions which appear to represent the results of various kinds of structural reanalysis of earlier serial verbs. Typological dissonance in Oceanic languages vis-a-vis serial verbs which would tend to render such patterns diachronically unstable is discussed, along with grammaticalization of serial verbs, and constructions of echo verbs in Erromangan and in other southern Vanuatu languages.

Keywords: Oceanic languages; serial verbs; serial verb constructions; typological dissonance; grammaticalization; echo verbs; Erromangan; Vanuatu

Chapter.  15663 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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