Oceanic Serial Verbs and the Broader Context

Terry Crowley

in Serial Verbs in Oceanic

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780198241355
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712050 | DOI:
 Oceanic Serial Verbs and the Broader Context

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This chapter examines a number of broader issues suggested by the kinds of patterns of verb serialization that have been observed in Oceanic languages. One major question that can be asked about serial verb constructions relates to whether or not such a pattern represents some kind of substantive linguistic universal. A survey of a selection of accounts of Oceanic languages, carried out with a view to establishing a relationship between poorness of adpositions and richness of serial verbs (with languages presented in order of increasing adpositional richness), shows that there is no consistent correlation between adpositional poverty and serial verb richness. The chapter discusses serial verbs and linguistic typology, as well as cognitive implications of serial verb constructions and serial verbs and linguistic theory.

Keywords: Oceanic languages; serial verbs; serial verb constructions; verb serialization; linguistic typology; adpositions; linguistic theory

Chapter.  6252 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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