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Title: Complex Predicates in Oceanic Languages
Subtitle: Studies in the Dynamics of Binding and Boundness
Edited By: Isabelle Bril
Francoise Ozanne-Rivierre
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110181886-1&l=E
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 29
Description:

Serial verbs and complex predicates have a long history of research, yet there is comparatively little documentation on Oceanic languages. This volume presents new data for further typological studies.

While previous research on serial verbs in Oceanic languages was mostly devoted to "core" serial constructions (with non-contiguous sV(o)sV(o) nuclei), this volume contributes a more detailed investigation of the "nuclear" type of complex predicates involving contiguous sVV(o) nuclei. Complex predicates of the form VV may correspond to two different syntactic structures, either co-ranking or hierarchized (head-modifier).

Though the VV pattern does evidence a tendency to-wards structural compression, often entailing the fusion of the argument structures of two or more nuclei, yet it cannot be reduced to cases of co-lexicalization, com-pounding or grammaticalization.

The data also show the "nuclear" type to be compatible with all types of basic word orders (VSO, VOS, SVO, SOV), with no evidence that this results from any word order change. This challenges the claim that "nuclear" serialization correlates with verb-final order, and "core" serialization with verb-medial order.


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Complex nuclei in Oceanic languages: contribution to an areal typology
ISABELLE BRIL

What do we really know about serial verb constructions in Austronesian and Papuan languages?
GUNTER SENFT

Core-layer junctures in Saliba (Saliba Island, Milne Bay province of Papua New Guinea)
ANNA MARGETTS

Serial and Complex Verb Constructions in Teop (North Bougainville)
JESSIKA REINIG

Chains of freedom: Constraints and creativity in the macro-verb strategies of Mwotlap (Vanuatu)
ALEXANDRE FRANÇOIS

Serial and compound verbs in Anejom (Vanuatu)
JOHN LYNCH

Complex verb constructions and dependency-marking strategies in Nêlêmwa (New Caledonia)
ISABELLE BRIL

Complex predicate constructions in East Uvean (Wallis)
CLAIRE MOYSE-FAURIE

Serial verbs and complex constructions in Pileni (Solomon Islands)
ÅSHILD NÆSS

Complex predicates in Tahitian: a particular case of qualitative modification
MIROSE PAIA AND JACUES VERNAUDON

Complex predicates and Juxtapositional Constructions in Samoan
ULRIKE MOSEL

The grammaticization of directional verbs in Oceanic languages
MALCOLM ROSS

The evolution of the verb 'take' in New Caledonian languages
FRANÇOISE OZANNE-RIVIERRE

Verbal compounds and lexical prefixes in the languages of New Caledonia
FRANÇOISE OZANNE-RIVIERRE AND JEAN-CLAUDE RIVIERRE



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Publication Year: 2004
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