One of the most complex topics in the study of the indigenous languages of the Americas, and indeed in the study of any language set, is the complex behaviour of multi-verb constructions. In many languages, several verbs can co-occur in a sentence, forming a single predicate. This book contains a first survey of such constructions in languages of North, Middle, and South America. Though it is not a systematic typological survey, the combined insights from the various chapters give a very rich perspective on this phenomenon, involving a host of typologically diverse constructions, including serial verb constructions, auxiliaries, co-verbs, phasal verbs, incorporated verbs, etc. Aikhenvald's long introduction puts the chapters into a single perspective.
A View from the Americas
Edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, and Pieter C. Muysken, Radboud University Nijmegen, with the assistance of Joshua Birchall
Thomas E. Payne & Doris L. Payne, University of Oregon
Panare, also known as E'ñapa Woromaipu, is a seriously endangered Cariban language spoken by about 3,500 people in Central Venezuela. A Typological Grammar of Panare by Thomas E. Payne and Doris L. Payne, is a full length linguistic grammar, written from a modern functional/typological perspective.
Josh Holden, Université de Montréal
In Benasní – I Remember, Josh Holden presents autobiographical narratives about cultural change from twelve Dene Sųłiné elders in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Dene texts are accompanied by an innovative interlinear translation that distinguishes morphology from etymology, and a morphological sketch.
Edited by Eithne B. Carlin, Leiden University, and Simon van de Kerke, Leiden University
This book offers a state of the art overview of current linguistic and archaeological research from the Caribbean and Meso America, through Amazonia and the Andes to Argentina, ranging from historical comparative through descriptive and socio-linguistics to new discoveries in archaeological ...
Kaoru Kiyosawa and Donna B. Gerdts, Simon Fraser University
This book offers a comprehensive view of the morphology, syntax, and semantics of applicative constructions in Salish, a language family of northwestern North America. The historical development and discourse function of applicatives are elucidated and placed in typological perspective.
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