Serial Verbs in Oceanic: A Descriptive Typology

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 281 pages
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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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Contents

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Oceanic Languages Serial Verbs and Linguistic Descriptions
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Paamese Serial Verbs
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3
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The Distribution and Evolution of Oceanic Serial Verbs
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Corresponding verbal and adverbial forms in Nakanai
136
Directional suffixes in MangapMbula
147
The Dissolution of Oceanic Serial Verbs
169
Oceanic Serial Verbs and Melanesian Pidgin
215
Oceanic Serial Verbs and the Broader Context
255
References
268
Index
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Terry Crowley is Associate Professor in the Department of General and Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato. He has researched languages in Vanuatu for 25 years, and has written about the Paamese and Erromangan languages. He has produced a dictionary of Bislama, and a detailed account of its historical development.

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