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Title: Serial Verb Constructions in Bwe Karen
Authors: Swanson, Kirstie
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan Languages
Tibeto-Burman Languages
Bwe Karen - Grammar
Syntax
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Payap University
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to provide an analysis of multi-verb structures in Bwe to determine if they are serial verb constructions, as defined by Aikhenvald (2006), and to categorize serial verb constructions according to Aikhenvald’s typology. In order to accomplish this task, the basic word order, noun phrase structure, and verb phrase structures are briefly analyzed. Multi-verb structures can then be separated from other constituents and analyzed according to Aikhenvald’s theory of the definition of serial verb constructions and their cross-linguistic typology. Multi-verb structures in Bwe are found to fit with Aikhenvald’s definition of serial verb constructions. Following this proof, the serial verb constructions are typologically analyzed according to the parameters Aikhenvald recommends for languages containing serial verb constructions, and are found to be primarily contiguous, containing both symmetric and asymmetric constructions, typically being composed of individual words, and carrying single marking for aspect, modality, and polarity. Finally, a discussion of the validity of analyzing serial verbs in Bwe with regards to the transitivity of the individual verbs is provided, in which it is argued that discourse anaphora in the language makes it impossible for this corpus, and likely invalid overall, to measure the verbs via their transitivity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/4065
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