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Title: Verb serialisation and incipient grammaticalisation in Abma
Contributor(s): Schneider, Cynthia (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: Verb serialisation has come to light only relatively recently in Oceanic linguistics. Initially, discussion of serialisation was confined to African languages, and was originally referred to as "verbal combinations" by Christaller (1875) and Westermann (1930). Later, Stewart (1963) coined the term "serialisation" and conducted the first transformational analysis. Ansre (1966) discussed how purported "serial verbs" have grammatical as well as verbal features. Stahlke (1970), Bamgbose (1974) and Schachter (1974) all examined Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) within various theoretical frameworks, but continued to focus on African languages. Not until later was there a more extended typological discussion of SVCs by Foley and Olson (1985), Sebba (1987), Lord (1982, 1993) and Alsina, Bresnan and Sells (1997), among others. SVCs were first mentioned in the Austronesian context by Dempwolff (1939: 66), who noted that some simple sentences in Jabem had several predicates for the same subject. However, it was Crowley (1987b) who really drew Oceanic languages into mainstream discussion by examining SVCs in Paamese.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Language Description, History and Development: Linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley, p. 221-235
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789027252524
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Creole Language Library
Series Number : 30
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