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Title:Serial Verb Constructions: a distributional and typological perspective
Author(s):Ross, Daniel; Grunow, Ryan; Lac, Kelsey; Jabbour, George; Dempsey, Jack
Subject(s):Serial verb constructions
Abstract:Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) are a frequently discussed but poorly defined syntactic feature of many languages around the world. We present the first broad distributional study of SVCs, using the methodology from The World Atlas of Language Structures. We establish a standard definition of SVCs from trends in the literature and look through descriptive grammars for 325 languages to determine the distribution of SVCs, identifying instances in about 40% of the world’s languages, while also looking at similar constructions that vary from this definition. We also test proposed typological correlations for SVCs against a large dataset for the first time.
Issue Date:2015-04-17
Citation Info:Ross, D., Grunow, R., Lac, K., Jabbour, G., & Dempsey, J. (2015). Serial Verb Constructions: a distributional and typological perspective. Presented at the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) 7, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.
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Rights Information:Copyright © Ross et al. 2015
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-01-25

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