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Title:Widening the criteria for serial verb constructions - the case of Chumburung
Abstract:It has long been believed by scholars that for a Multi-Verb-Sequence to qualify as a Serial Verb Construction, the four most important criteria are: (1) The syntactic subject of Clause 2 (CL2) (VP2) has the same referent as the syntactic subject of CL1; (2) The verb of Clause 2 (CL2) (V2) has the same Mood-Aspect-Tense as that of the verb (V1) in CL1. This article argues that the second is not obligatory in the case of Chumburung (3) There must be no conjunction joining CL1 and CL2. I argue that for Chumburung an apparent Subordinating Conjunction or Complementiser ‘a’ between CL1 and CL2 does not break this rule. (4) Negation of V1 semantically negates the remaining verbs in the sequence. Details are also given that Chumburung has a Causative Auxiliary verb ‘bó̱ which functions in certain SVCs where the syntactic NPObject of CL1 has become the semantic subject of CL2. Another interesting feature of Chumburung, unlike many languages cited in the literature, is that it distinguishes between the intransitive verb ‘come’ ‘bà’ and the transitive verb ‘bring’ ‘bàà’ and between intransitive ‘yɔ̀’ ‘go’ and transitive ‘yàà’ ‘send’. These complementary pairs help to disambiguate SVCs where the NPObject of CL1 apparently becomes the NPSubject of CL2. Finally two structural configurations are offered which seek to map the two well-known types of SVC.
Contributor (author):Hansford, Keir L.
Date (W3CDTF):2012
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/52753
Extent:pages 15-31
Is Part Of:Journal of West African Languages
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):GH
Subject:Chumburung language
Verb studies; Semantics
Subject (ISO639):ncu
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Hansford, Keir L. 2012. Journal of West African Languages.
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