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lun. 16/04/2018 Séminaire DTT -- Towards the typology of Verbal Compounds (provisional title)
Alexey Vinyar (ASLAN visitor, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
14h-15h30
ISH - salle Ennat Léger

In this talk, I would like to discuss my ongoing research of verbal compounds (VC further). VC is a construction, where two or more verbal elements are combined in a single wordform. VCs are frequently considered as one-word serial verb constructions (SVCs, see [Aikhenvald & Dixon 2006], [Durie 1997], [Matissen 2004]). However, as opposed to serial verb construction, the phenomenon of verb compounding has not received much typological attention by itself. My talk is devoted to two issues. The first one is methodological. Although [Aikhenvald & Dixon 2006], [Haspelmath 2015] and other studies develop a framework which can be used to classify VCs as well as SVCs, not all notions used in this framework are clearly defined and universally applicable (see [Enfield 2009]). Hence, I will discuss several comparative concepts which I use to deal with problematic notions like ‘word’, ‘same verb’, ‘asymmetric SVC’. The second issue is conceptual. I will apply the developed concepts to a small sample (~25 languages) and discuss some preliminary generalizations about the composition of argument structure and ordering of elements in VC. I will show that the generalizations made by previous researchers for SVCs hold for some VCs in some languages. However, in some VCs the order of components and the whole construction’s argument structure are determined by different principles.

Aikhenvald & Dixon 2006 — A. Y. Aikhenvald, R. W. Dixon (eds.). Serial verb constructions: A crosslinguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford Univeristy Pres, 2006.
Durie 1997 — M. Durie. Grammatical Structures in Verb Serialization // A. Alsina, J. Bresnan, P. Sells (eds.). Complex Predicates. Stanford: CSLI, 1997. P. 289–349.
Enfield 2009 — N. J. Enfield. Review of the book Serial verb constructions: A cross-linguistic typology ed. by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon. Language, 85, 445-451.
Haspelmath 2015 — M. Haspelmath. The serial verb construction: Comparative concept and cross-linguistic generalizations // Language and Linguistics 17(3), 2015. P. 291–319.
Mattissen 2004 — J. Mattissen. A structural typology of polysynthesis // WORD 55.2, 2004. P. 189–216.


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