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Title: Serial Verbs in Oceanic
Subtitle: A Descriptive Typology
Written By: Terry T. Crowley

This book describes the diversity of serial verb constructions within Oceanic languages. Serial verb constructions are sequences of verbs placed one after another to express meanings which in other languages are typically expressed by means of single verbs. It has long been established that West African, Southeast Asian and Papuan languages are serializing languages, but the construction has only comparatively recently been recognized in Oceanic languages, which belong to a very large sub-group of the Austronesian family.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Anthropological Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Oceanic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0198241356
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320 pp
Prices: $85