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Lovestrand, Joseph and Ross, Daniel (2021) 'Serial Verb Constructions and Motion Semantics.' In: Guillaume, Antoine and Koch, Harold, (eds.), Associated Motion. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 87-128. (Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT], v.64)

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the expression of associated motion and directional motion in the form of serial verb constructions (SVCs). In a sample of 125 languages with SVCs, 101 have motion SVCs. The most common types are directional SVCs, in which a path-of-motion verb combines with another motion verb, and prior associated motion SVCs expressing motion prior to the activity or state predicated by the other verb in the construction. Concurrent motion and subsequent motion are much less common. In a prior motion SVC, the motion verb nearly always precedes the other verb, and the figure on the path of motion is the subject. In a directional SVC, the path-of-motion verb nearly always follows the other verb, and the grammatical function of the figure on the path of motion can vary according to the semantics of the main verb in the construction.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISBN: 9783110692006
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Guillaume, Antoine and Koch, Harold, (eds.), Associated Motion. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 87-128 (2021). Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110692099-003
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 10:45
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/37384
Funders: British Academy

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