While complex predicate constructions, including light verb structures and verb serialisation, are found in many of the world’s languages, there has been little diachronic work on these structures to date. In this paper I survey the state of the field and describe current ideas on the origins and development of complex predicates. In particular, I show that the assumption of cline-like development from parataxis to affix (through serialisation, light verbs and auxiliation) is too simplistic. Finally, I review arguments in favor of and against views of light verbs as stable structures.
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Toledo, Eladio (B’alam) Mateo
2012. Complex Predicates in q’anjob’al (Maya): The Verbal Resultative1. International Journal of American Linguistics 78:4 ► pp. 465 ff.
2017. From enclitic to prefix: diachrony of personal absolutive markers in Q’eqchi’. Morphology 27:1 ► pp. 105 ff.
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