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Kostic, Svetislav. 2007. Semantic properties of the verbo-nominal syntagmas (VNS) in Hindi. 10 pp.
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The verbo-nominal syntagmas in Hindi represent multi-word naming units of action, process or state. They are developed from some more complex syntactic structures also including other functional words (postpositions and postpositional phrases, adverbs etc.). As condensed structures/formations they include a noun or an adjective and a functional verb. There is a set of verbs, which lost their original meaning (light verbs) and have a verbalizing function. The VNS-es as naming units in their semantic structure and development include several types. As literal VNS-es they are easily comprehensible, since the nominal and the verbal constituents signalize the meaning of the syntagma sufficiently clearly. In other types of VNS-es at least one constituent shifts its original meaning and different types or stages of metaphoric and idiomatic syntagmas arise. The metaphor is a poetic and stylistic figure; nevertheless many metaphors become semantic units denoting verbal action/process/state. (Adapted from the source documentt) (LLBA, Accession Number 200811450, (c) CSA [2008]. All rights reserved.)