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Auxiliary Verb Constructions

Gregory D.S. Anderson


This book presents findings from a long-term study of a range of complex predicate types subsumed under the heading, Auxiliary Verb Constructions (AVCs), drawing on a database of over 800 languages. Chapter 1 discusses how the terms auxiliary verb and auxiliary verb construction are understood, and then provides an overview of the kinds of functional categories that AVCs serve to encode. A cursory typology is offered of the patterns of encoding inflectional/morphosyntactic/ functional semantic categories in AVCs, and notions of functional and formal headedness within AVCs are introduced. Five ... More

Keywords: clause chaining, clause combining, cognitive event schema, diachronic developments, grammaticalization, light verb construction, modal verbs, morphology, morphosyntax, semantic bleaching

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory D.S. Anderson, author
MPI-EVA Leipzig and University of Oregon