Argument Realisation in Complex Predicates and Complex Events

Verb-verb constructions at the syntax-semantic interface

| Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin
| Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin
ISBN 9789027259455 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266125 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This book offers a comprehensive investigative study of argument realisation in complex predicates and complex events at the syntax-semantic interface across a wide variety of the world’s languages, ranging over languages such as German, Irish, Sicilian and Italian, Lithuanian, Estonian and other Finno-Ugric languages, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra from Australia’s Western Desert region, Japanese, Tepehua (Totonacan, Mexico), Cheyenne, Mexican Spanish, Boharic Coptic, and Persian. This volume examines the syntactic variation of complex events, complex predicates and multi-verb constructions within a single clause where the clause is view as representing a single event, studying their semantics and syntax within functional, cognitive and constructional frameworks, to arrive at a better understanding of their cross linguistic behaviour and how they resonate in syntax. These constructions manifest considerable variability in cross-linguistic comparisons of complex predicate formation. In European languages, for example, typically one of the verbs in a verb-verb construction highlights a phase of an underspecified event while the matrix verb specifies the actual event. In contrast, serial verbs require each verb to provide a sub-event dimension within a complex event that is viewed holistically as unitary in syntax. This book contributes to an understanding of complex events, complex predicates and multi-verb constructions across languages, their syntactic constructional patterns and argument realisation.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 180]  2017.  vi, 456 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Argument realisation in complex predicates and complex events at the syntax-semantic interface
Brian Nolan and Elke Diedrichsen
The syntactic realisation of complex events and complex predicates in situations of Irish
Brian Nolan
Pleonasm in particle verb constructions in German
Elke Diedrichsen
Serial verb constructions and event structure representations
Anna Riccio
Non-conventional arguments: Finite and non-finite verbal complementation in Sicilian
Alessio S. Frenda
Complex predicates in Lithuanian
Jone Bruno
Serial verb constructions in Estonian
Ilona Tragel
Complex predication in three dialects of Australia’s Western Desert
Conor Pyle
Complex verbs in Bohairic Coptic: Language contact and valency
Ewa D. Zakrzewska
The organizational structure of lexical compound verbs in Japanese: A Construction Morphology account
Kiyoko Toratani
Verb-verb compounds and argument structure in Tepehua
James K. Watters
Multi-verb constructions in Cheyenne
Avelino Corral Esteban
Feelings as emotion, attitude, and viewpoints
Lilián Guerrero and Irasema Cruz Domínguez
Nominal predication in Persian: A functional characterization
Zari Saeedi
Concept structuring in Persian PP-centric complex predicates
Farhad Moezzipour and Mina Ghandhari
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016042019