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Wed Jun 17 2015

Books: Serial Verbs in White Hmong: Jarkey

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Date: 11-Jun-2015
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Subject: Serial Verbs in White Hmong: Jarkey
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Title: Serial Verbs in White Hmong
Series Title: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
Published: 2015
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Nerida Jarkey
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004292406 Pages: 322 Price: U.S. $ 175
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004292406 Pages: 322 Price: Europe EURO 135

In Serial Verbs in White Hmong Nerida Jarkey investigates verb serialization, a highly productive grammatical strategy in this dynamic Southeast Asian language in which multiple verbs are simply concatenated within a single clause to depict a single event. The investigation identifies four major types of serial verb construction (SVC) in White Hmong and finds that the key function of all these types is to depict a single event in an elaborate and vivid way, a much-favoured method of description in this language. These findings concerning the nature and function of SVCs in White Hmong contribute to broader discussions on the nature of events as both cognitive and cultural constructs.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Subject Language(s): Hmong Daw (mww)

Written In: English (eng)

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