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Another Look at the Topology of Serial Verb Constructions: The Grammaticalization of Temporal Relations in Bislama (Vanuatu)

Another Look at the Topology of Serial Verb Constructions: The Grammaticalization of Temporal... Another Look at the Typology of Serial Verb Constructions: (Vanuatu) Miriam Meyerhoff university of edinburgh This paper analyzes serial verb constructions (SVCs) in Bislama, the creole spoken in Vanuatu. The form of SVCs in Bislama does not appear to ²t neatly into existing formal typologies of SVCs, and evidence is introduced in favor of this pattern being a direct transfer from some of the substrate languages in Vanuatu. It is proposed that Seuren's (1990) typology of SVCs be extended to include the Vanuatu data. The paper notes that another property of Bislama and other languages of Vanuatu is that there is no grammaticalization of a past/nonpast temporal relation as in, for example, English. One way of analyzing this difference is to say that Bislama and English differ with respect to which relationship between temporal operators is grammaticalized in a ²nite clause: in English, the ordering of S(peech time) and E(vent time) is realized overtly; in Bislama, the ordering of S and R(eference time) is. If R is associated with a functional projection (FP) below tense (TP), a number of constraints on the second verb in Bislama SVCs follow from the claim that this FP is anaphorically dependent on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Another Look at the Topology of Serial Verb Constructions: The Grammaticalization of Temporal Relations in Bislama (Vanuatu)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 40 (2) – Jan 12, 2001

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Another Look at the Typology of Serial Verb Constructions: (Vanuatu) Miriam Meyerhoff university of edinburgh This paper analyzes serial verb constructions (SVCs) in Bislama, the creole spoken in Vanuatu. The form of SVCs in Bislama does not appear to ²t neatly into existing formal typologies of SVCs, and evidence is introduced in favor of this pattern being a direct transfer from some of the substrate languages in Vanuatu. It is proposed that Seuren's (1990) typology of SVCs be extended to include the Vanuatu data. The paper notes that another property of Bislama and other languages of Vanuatu is that there is no grammaticalization of a past/nonpast temporal relation as in, for example, English. One way of analyzing this difference is to say that Bislama and English differ with respect to which relationship between temporal operators is grammaticalized in a ²nite clause: in English, the ordering of S(peech time) and E(vent time) is realized overtly; in Bislama, the ordering of S and R(eference time) is. If R is associated with a functional projection (FP) below tense (TP), a number of constraints on the second verb in Bislama SVCs follow from the claim that this FP is anaphorically dependent on

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 12, 2001

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