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Marathi Light Verbs

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I examine the syntactic behavior of the light verb construction in Marathi, and propose a structure for the verbal complex. Word order alternations between the main and light verb in Marathi provide syntactic evidence of a complementation structure, with the light verb being higher than the main verb. I compare the light verb construction with the conjunctive participle construction, and show that the latter is similar to the ‘serial’ construction in African languages. The different scrambling possibilities of the two in Marathi indicate that they are structurally different, contrary to proposals to unify the two cross-linguistically.
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Keywords: Marathi; complementation; conjunctive participle construction; light verbs; scrambling; serial construction

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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