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Serial Verbs in Oceanic: A Descriptive Typology

Terry Crowley


This book describes the diversity of serial verb constructions within Oceanic languages and constitutes a full account of this unusual linguistic phenomenon. Serial verb constructions are sequences of verbs placed one after another to express meanings which in other languages are typically expressed by means of single verbs. It has long been established that languages in West Africa, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea are serializing languages, but the construction has only comparatively recently been recognized in Oceanic languages, which belong to a very large subgroup of the Austronesian ... More

Keywords: serial verb constructions, Oceanic languages, single verbs, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, serializing languages, Austronesia, Pacific region

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198241355
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198241355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terry Crowley, author
formerly University of Waikato