Approaches to Complex Predicates

Approaches to Complex Predicates

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ISBN10: 9004306986 ISBN13: 9789004306981 Contributors: Samvelian, Pollet (Editor) Publisher: Brill Academic Pub Published: Nov 20 2015 Pages: 295 Weight: 1.35lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English

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Drawn from a conference, Approaches to Complex Predicates, held in Paris in May 2013, the nine essays in this volume examine formal, typological, and diachronic aspects of complex predicates in different theoretical frameworks, focusing on the issues of the nature of grammatical mechanisms responsible for the composition of complex predicates and their idiomatic specificities, how to account for mismatches between a complex underlying structure of a verb and its simple morphological realization, monoclausality, and the role of complex predicates in reshaping alignment patterns in language change. They address location verbs in Basque; univerbation of light verb compounds and the obligatory coding principle; variation and grammaticalization in Bantu complex verbal constructions, focusing on the dynamics of information growth in Swahili, Rangi, and SiSwati; the verb-particle construction in English; the noun-verb complex predicates in Hindi and the rise of non-canonical subjects; Malayalam ceyy-support and its relation to event and argument structure; complex predicates as complementation structures; and complex predicate formation through voice incorporation. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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