Title: Auxiliary Verb Constructions
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Gregory D.S. Anderson
Paperback: ISBN: 0199563292 9780199563296 Pages: 496 Price: U.S. $ 55.95
This is the most comprehensive survey ever published of auxiliary verb constructions (as in, for example, 'he could have been going to drink' and 'she does eat cheese'). Drawing on a database of over 800 languages Dr. Anderson examines their morphosyntactic forms and semantic roles, and investigates and explains the historical changes leading to the cross-linguistic diversity of inflectional patterns. He presents his results within a new typological framework.
The book's impressive range includes data on variation within and across languages in Australasia and the Pacific and in North, South, and Meso-America. In doing so he reveals much that is new about language families of the world and makes an important contribution to the understanding of their nature and evolution. His book will interest scholars and researchers in language typology, historical and comparative linguistics, syntax, and morphology.