The origin of serialization

The case of Emerillon

Author: Rose, Françoise

Source: Studies in Language, Volume 33, Number 3, 2009 , pp. 644-684(41)

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

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Abstract:

This paper gives clear synchronic evidence for the origin of serial verb constructions (SVCs) in Emerillon, a Tupi-Guarani language. SVCs in that language result from a gerundive construction after the loss of both a subordinator and an indexation pattern specific to dependent clauses. After a short review of the general literature on the origins of SVCs and their similarity to converbs (of which Tupi-Guarani gerundives may be considered a subtype), the author gives a detailed account of the Emerillon SVCs. Strong arguments then show that Emerillon serial verbs (superficially comparable to independent verbs) originate from a 'deranked' dependent clause. The paper ends with some discussions on clause linkage, comparing more specifically SVCs and converbs on the morphological, syntactic and functional levels.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/sl.33.3.05ros

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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