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Auxiliary Verb Constructions$
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Gregory D.S. Anderson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280315

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280315.001.0001

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Doubled Inflection

Doubled Inflection

(p.144) 4 Doubled Inflection
Auxiliary Verb Constructions

Gregory D. S. Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘doubled’ inflectional pattern. Unlike the previous two patterns of inflection where the auxiliary verb (AUX-headed) or the lexical verb (LEX-headed) serves as the inflectional head, there are also a number of languages with AVCs where both the lexical verb and auxiliary verb serve as inflectional co-heads. With respect to the categories doubly marked in this doubled macro-pattern of inflection of auxiliary verb constructions, by far the most common doubled category is subject, occurring in around 80% of the examples. Doubled tense/aspect marking or fully doubly inflected forms (all TAM and referent categories, etc.) are much less common cross-linguistically speaking, but nevertheless occur in a range of unrelated languages. Although AVCs of the doubled pattern show a co-head relation between the lexical verb and the auxiliary verb inflectionally speaking, the auxiliary verb, as in the other patterns, is often the structural head, with the lexical verb bearing some overt index of dependency. On rare occasions, it is instead the auxiliary that is dependent-marked in doubled inflectional forms. The Doubled inflectional pattern of AVCs frequently arises from an original core serialized verb construction.

Keywords:   construction, serial verb construction, syntax, verbal complements, core serialization, dependency

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