Nexus and Juncture Types of Complex Predicates in Oceanic languages: Functions and Semantics

Abstract : In previous research on Oceanic languages, “core serialization” has received ample attention while “nuclear serialization” has often been analyzed as resulting from co-lexicalization, compounding or grammaticalized coverbs. The analysis will show that the nuclear template constitutes a genuine type of complex predicates. It will assess their syntactic type (co-ranking vs. modifying), their distinctive features, functions and semantics, as well as the classes of predicates involved, their argument structure and ordering principles. It will also outline the type of evolution and the structural compression to which they are submitted, as well as the factors favouring or restricting the use of complex predicates.
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Isabelle Bril. Nexus and Juncture Types of Complex Predicates in Oceanic languages: Functions and Semantics. Language and linguistics (Academia Sinica), 2007, vol.8 (n°1), pp.267-310. ⟨halshs-00281187⟩

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