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Title: Auxiliary Verb Constructions
Written By: Gregory D.S. Anderson
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199563292
ISBN-13: 9780199563296
Pages: 496
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