Edited by Evie Coussé, Peter Andersson and Joel Olofsson
[Constructional Approaches to Language 21] 2018
► pp. 75–106
Pseudocoordination in Norwegian
Degrees of grammaticalization and constructional variants
Pseudocoordination in the Scandinavian languages is often claimed to involve grammaticalization. Such coordination is exemplified by Norwegian sitte og lese ‘be reading’ (literally: ‘sit and read’), gå og se ‘go and see’, and løpe rundt og leke ‘run around and play’, where the first verb in some cases expresses partly or even mainly grammatical meaning. Using a large contemporary corpus, the article explores constructional variants involving atelic motion, like løpe rundt ‘run around’. Indicators of grammaticalization such as paradigmatization, bleaching, and decategorialization of the first verb are in focus, as well as the concomitants of grammaticalization in the larger construction. Some first verbs do show signs of grammaticalization, but this is not a general characteristic of the construction.
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