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Title: MULTI-VERB CONSTRUCTIONS IN ÈDÓ: A TYPOLOGY
Author: Ota Ogie
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Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Edo
Edo
Abstract: Multi-verb constructions provide useful insight into the question of how languages distinguish between adjunction and complementation {I thank Ben Waldow for reading the paper. Any error is mine}. This paper examines multi-verb constructions in Èdó (a Benue-Congo language) with the following focus:/L//L/-Within individual languages are there different types of multi-verb construction and tests that clearly identify them?/L/-What are the argument sharing patterns that characterize the different types? /L//L/Four structural types of multi-verb construction in Èdó are shown to display different patterning with respect to the distribution of a past tense suffix –rV, a floating anaphor tòbórè 'by him/her/it self ',VP adverbs and argument sharing patterns: V+modifier, V(P)+V(P), V+mood and V+infinitival complement constructions./L//L/We draw main background assumptions from the following sources; implemented Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammars for Norwegian (Hellan 2003) and Ga (Hellan 2007) a Kwa language spoken in Ghana. Two schemas are posited: /L//L/-Verb-serial-compl (ement)-phrase with a complementation structure for the V (P) +V (P) resultative and V+infinitival complement constructions./L/-Serial-mod-phrase with an adjunction structure for V+mood constructions, V+modifier constructions and V (P) +V (P); consequential,purpose, and negative resultative constructions./L//L/In particular, object sharing in multi-verb constructions is analyzed as token sharing by grammatical function.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: M.D,A.Didriksen, Ø.Heggelund, G.Jenset, & S Wold (eds.). Proceedings of the second PhD-conference in linguistics and philology in Bergen, June 4-6 2007.2008: 359-388. Oslo: Novus Press.


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