Adverbial Verb Constructions in Truku Seediq

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2014-04-01
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Oiwa, Mayumi
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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
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2014
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Formosan languages are known to employ verb-like entities (adverbial verbs) for adverbial expression. This study presents a comprehensive analysis of adverbial verb constructions in Truku Seediq, an Austronesian language of Taiwan, and explores historical and typological implications. I will demonstrate that all Truku adverbial verbs have the ability to occur in two distinct constructions: (i) serial verb constructions in which they behave like stative verbs, and (ii) constructions in which they behave on a par with preverbs. The ob-served bifunctionality of adverbial verbs as an entire class is a typologically unique feature, which I argue represents the advanced stage of adverbial verb grammaticalization in Truku as compared to other Formo-san languages.
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Oiwa, Mayumi. 2014. Adverbial Verb Constructions in Truku Seediq. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 45(1).
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