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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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Complex Verb Forms from Fused Auxiliary Verb Constructions

Complex Verb Forms from Fused Auxiliary Verb Constructions

(p.249) 6 Complex Verb Forms from Fused Auxiliary Verb Constructions
Auxiliary Verb Constructions

Gregory D. S. Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines and exemplifies various kinds of fusing of original bi-partite auxiliary verb constructions into complex verb forms. It addresses the historical (phonological) developments of integration, etc., that typify the changes from AVCs to complex verb forms of numerous types. Many languages possess complex verb forms whose origin lies in the fusing of some type of auxiliary verb construction. This includes the simple univerbation of AVCs of all the inflectional macro-types into complex verb forms, the origins of which may range from quite transparent to entirely opaque. A further such development is seen in the emergence (attested in a range of unrelated languages) of what appear to be tense/aspect/mood encoding (usually subject) pronouns. In many such cases, these latter represent the fusing of a subject marker/pronoun and an auxiliary element.

Keywords:   bi-partite, integration, univerbation, diachronic developments, doubled inflection, phonological developments, serial verb construction, split inflection

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