By Gregory D. S. Anderson

ISBN-10: 0199280312

ISBN-13: 9780199280315

This can be the main complete survey ever released of the auxiliary verb development. Drawing on a database of over 800 languages Dr Anderson examines their morphosyntactic varieties and semantic roles. He investigates and explains the historic alterations resulting in the cross-linguistic range of inflectional styles, and provides his effects inside of a brand new typological framework. He unearths a lot that's new in regards to the language households of the realm and makes an immense contribution to the certainty in their nature and evolution.

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In many descriptions the auxiliary in the lex-headed pattern is analysed as an uninXecting particle. However, when considering the functional semantics of the element, and the fact that these historically originate from verbal elements, the semantics of which are in accord with the semantic developments typical of the process of auxiliation, it seems clear that these in certain instances should rather be considered as reXecting an AVC of the lexheaded inXectional pattern. Chapter 4 discusses the ‘doubled’ inXectional pattern.

Hale 1991: 5) I Ulwa speak-inf want-pres-1 ‘I want to speak Ulwa’ Auxiliaries and AVCs 15 point of view of the development of certain inXectional patterns, as discussed in Chapter 7. The distinction between core juncture and nuclear juncture serialization goes back at least to Foley and Olson (1985). Originally it was thought that these diVerent types were found with SVO and SOV languages respectively. Their insights have been reWned and revised over the years so that Wner-grain distinctions of subtypes may be recognized as well as the clausal constituent order restrictions weakened.

It turns out that these diVerent categorizations, as well as the nuclear juncture/core juncture serialization distinction, all have consequences for speciWc individual developments into various diVerent patterns of inXection for auxiliary verb constructions as well. That is, the particular source SVC often correlates to the inXectional type of AVC resulting. 1. Such patterns include doubled, split, lex-headed and split doubled formations, as well as aux-headed ones to a lesser degree. 2 AVCs verb/complement structures As has been often discussed in the literature, another common source for auxiliary verb constructions—and thus another type of formation where individual exemplars may be ambiguous between an auxiliary target construction and the original source construction—is the verb–complement formation.

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