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    Serial Verbs in Oceanic A Descriptive Typology

    ISBN-10: 0198241356
    ISBN-13: 9780198241355
    Edition: 2002
    Author(s): Terry Crowley
    Description: 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  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2002
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Publication Date: 2/6/2003
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 300
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.232
    Language: English

    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 verylarge sub-group of the Austronesian family.Terry Crowley demonstrates that patterns of serial verbs can exhibit structural diversity even within a single language. He examines how serial verbs originate, investigating issues such as language contact and functional issues in language change. Serial verbs are often subject to reanalysis and this book investigates how they have developed new grammatical functions in different languages.Serial Verbs in Oceanic will interest typologists, those concerned with Austronesian languages in particular, and syntactic change in general, as well as linguists interested in Austronesian, language contact, linguistic typology, and syntactic change.

    Terry Crowley is a professor of HIstory at the University of Guelph. Among his previous books, Agnes Macphail and the Politics of Equality won the W.C. Good Writing Award of the Rural Learning Association.

    Linguistic typology and serial verbs
    Oceanic languages, serial verbs and linguistic descriptions
    Paamese serial verbs
    The distribution and evolution of Oceanic serial verbs
    The dissolution of Oceanic serial verbs
    Oceanic serial verbs and Melanesian Pidgin
    Oceanic serial verbs and the broader context
    References
    Index

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