Serial Verbs in Oceanic: A Descriptive Typology
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 very large sub-group of the Austronesian family.
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Oceanic Languages Serial Verbs and Linguistic Descriptions
Paamese Serial Verbs
The Distribution and Evolution of Oceanic Serial Verbs
action addition appear argue argument associated basic Bislama bite blong carries clause clearly close complex compounds constituent contrast coordinator core core-layer serial Crowley derivational described descriptions directional discussion distinction distributed echo subject element English Erromangan evidence example exhibit expressed fact forms functions give given grammatical grouping illustrated inau independent indicated inflectional initial verb intransitive involving juncture kind lexical linguistic linguistic typology marker marking meaning Melanesian Pidgin morphology motion noted nuclear serial verb object Oceanic languages original Paamese parallel particular patterns person position possible prefixes prepositions presented productive Proto range referred represent resulting root S)he second verb semantic sentences separate sequences serial constructions serial verb constructions similar single Solomons speakers structural subgroup subordinate substrate suffixes suggests Table Tok Pisin transitive verbs universal variety verb serialization verb-verb verbal widely