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Title: About Multi-verb constructions in Edo:multi-verb construction, past tense suffixation and syntactic representation in Edo
Paper URL: http://www.ling.hf.ntnu.no/tross/
Author: Ota Ogie
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Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Author: Dorothee Beermann
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Author: Lars Hellan
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Syntax
Subject Language: Edo
Abstract: With Davidson (1967), Parsons (1990), Rothstein (1998) I assume that verbs are predicates of events. Events consist of sub-events and an investigation of the temporal relations between these subevents might shed new light on the internal structure of events (Rappaport and Levin (1999), Goldberg and Jackendoff (2002), Pustejovsky (1995)). Based on work by Pustejovsky (1995) I show that multi-verb constructions in Edo can be classified as follows: (i). Constructions with a non-overlapping event structure have a syntactic structure where the verbs in series tend to be lexicalized as V(P)+V(P)* constructions. (ii) Constructions with an overlapping event structure have a syntactic structure where V1 is followed by a reanalyzed verb or a subordinate infinitival clause. In Edo tense is represented mainly by tones that are attached to the first auxiliary/verbal element in a sentence and serve a dual function; they represent the tense as well as the valency of the verb. However, past tense on a verb that is not followed by an object is represented by a suffix –Rv. In this paper I investigate the fact that some multi-verb constructions allow the suffixation of -Rv to V1 while others do not. I show that –Rv suffixation in multi-verb construction is dependent on the semantic interpretation of the temporal relationship between events in series. Those that allow -Rv suffixation have overlapping event interpretation while those that do not allow the suffix, have non-overlapping event interpretations
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: TROSS. Proceedings Dorothee Beermann and Lars Hellan (eds.). http://www.ling.hf.ntnu.no/tross/. NTNU 2003.
URL: http://www.ling.hf.ntnu.no/tross/
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