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Verb-Verb Complexes in Asian Languages

Taro Kageyama, Peter E. Hook, and Prashant Pardeshi


This volume presents a detailed survey of the systems of verb-verb complexes in Asian languages from both a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. Many Asian languages share, to a greater or lesser extent, a unique class of compound verbs each consisting of a main verb and a quasi-auxiliary verb known as a ‘vector’ or ‘explicator’. These quasi-auxiliary verbs exhibit unique grammatical behavior that suggests that they have an intermediate status between full lexical verbs and wholly reduced auxiliaries. They are also semantically unique, in that when they are combined with main verbs, they c ... More

Keywords: verb-verb complex, Asian language, vector, explicator, quasi-auxiliary, grammaticalization, complex predicate, aktionsart, event semantics, typology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Taro Kageyama, editor
Professor Emeritus, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics

Peter E. Hook, editor
Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

Prashant Pardeshi, editor
Professor, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics

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1 Introduction

Taro Kageyama, Peter E. Hook, and Prashant Pardeshi

Part I Languages of east Asia

3 Verb verb complex predicates in Old and Middle Japanese

Hirofumi Aoki and Bjarke Frellesvig

8 Korean verb-verb sequences

Hyun Kyung Hwang and John Whitman

Part II Languages of South Asia

Part III Languages of Central and Northwest Asia

Part IV Languages of East and Southeast Asia

19 Verbal complexes in Thai

Kingkarn Thepkanjana and Satoshi Uehara

20 Verb-verb sequences in Mandarin and Hindi-Urdu

Hsin-hsin Liang and Peter E. Hook