From Colombo to Athens: Areal and Universalist Perspectives on Bilingual Compound Verbs
AbstractMost or all bilingual varieties of the languages spoken in the area between Sri Lanka and Greece have bilingual compound verbs, consisting of a lexical content verb from a donor language and a helping verb from the matrix language. In this paper, these verbs are described and analyzed, and the question is raised whether this widespread occurrence is specifically an areal feature, or a universally available pattern and a question of typological poise—the possibility of a construction arising due to propitious typological circumstances. Pleading for the areal perspective, it is concluded there is the fact that two large and important language families—Turkic and Indo-Iranian—either rapidly developed or already had a productive [noun + verb] construction. On the universalist side, it is clear that native [noun + verb] constructions very easily develop into [verb + verb] constructions in bilingual settings, though not in monolingual settings. This is a cross-generational change that is a contact phenomenon; that is to say, this development does not occur in monolingual, non-contact language settings. View Full-Text
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Muysken, P. From Colombo to Athens: Areal and Universalist Perspectives on Bilingual Compound Verbs. Languages 2016, 1, 2.
Muysken P. From Colombo to Athens: Areal and Universalist Perspectives on Bilingual Compound Verbs. Languages. 2016; 1(1):2.Chicago/Turabian Style
Muysken, Pieter. 2016. "From Colombo to Athens: Areal and Universalist Perspectives on Bilingual Compound Verbs." Languages 1, no. 1: 2.