Serial Verbs in English: An RRG Analysis of Catenative Verb Constructions

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Date:
2012
Date Created:
2011
Extent:
31 pages
Abstract:
Serial verb constructions (SVCs), are found in Creole languages, in the languages of West Africa, Southeast Asia, Amazonia, Oceania, and New Guinea. In this article we examine catenative verb constructions (CVCs) in English from a Role and Reference Grammar perspective and compare them with SVCs. More specifically, based on the set of syntactic and semantic properties of SVCs proposed by Kroeger (2004:229–230), it will be demonstrated that CVCs in English have all of the characteristic syntactic and semantic properties of SVCs.
Description:
To appear in Functions of Language, 19(2), 2012
Publication Status:
Preprint
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Subject:
serial verb construction
semantic representation
nexus
Linguistic theory
layered structure of the clause
Language typology
juncture
cosubordination
catenative verb construction
Nature of Work:
Entry Number:
43259