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Title: Have/Take/Give a V Grammaticalization
Paper URL: www.enl.uoa.gr/~shoidas
Author: Spyros Hoidas
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Homepage: www.enl.uoa.gr/~shoidas
Institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Morphology; Syntax
Subject Language: Greek, Modern
Greek, Modern
Abstract: The Have/Take/Give a V structure is implemented in English, but not in Greek, for instance have a go, take a look, give something a pull. The aim of this paper is to examine whether the structural properties of Greek, which makes extensive use of inflections, hinder the grammaticalization of this structure in the language. It is claimed in the paper that, unlike what happens in the English bare-stem form of the verb, in Greek the inflectional "trappings" of person increase the verbhood of the verb form, thus hindering the development of such structures. It is hypothesized that what allows these structures in English may be the bare-stem form of the verb, while what hinders their development in Greek may be due to the heavily inflectional nature of the language, and in particular person.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Salzburg
Publication Info: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Greek Linguistics, 483-492
URL: www.enl.uoa.gr/~shoidas


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