The expression of directed caused accompanied motion events in Savosavo
Directed caused accompanied motion events in Savosavo are expressed by means of multi-verb expressions. The main strategy is the use of serial verb constructions (especially ‑au ’take/caus’ combined with a directional verb). Minor strategies are subordination of a single verb into a main clause or clause chaining, but then the focus shifts from the transportation of a theme to the movement of the agent while in possession of the theme. There is often analytical uncertainty with respect to the hierarchical relationship between the verbs in a serial verb construction as well as the interpretation of adjuncts as source, goal, location, or direction, which can occasionally be resolved by taking the context or other structural features of the clause into account.
- 2.Background information
- 2.1The language and the data
- 2.2General grammatical features
- 2.3Available expressions to encode spatial information and accompaniment as adjuncts
- 2.3.2Place names
- 2.3.3Case marking
- 2.3.4The spatial postposition ‑omata ‘at’
- 2.3.5Directional verbs
- 2.3.6The comitative postposition ‑aka ‘with’
- 2.4Serial verb constructions (SVCs)
- 2.5Clause chaining
- 3.Encoding of directed CAM events
- 3.1Combination of -au with ba/bo ‘bring/take’
- 3.2Combination of -au with other directional verbs
- 3.3Expression of manner of causation
- 3.4Serial verb constructions involving verbs other than ‑au
- 3.5Subordination constructions
- 3.6Clause chaining
- 4.The use of similar constructions to express unaccompanied directed caused motion
- 4.1Alternative use of the combination of ‑au plus directional verb
- 4.2Larger SVCs containing ‑au plus directional verb
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