SOMETHING'S GOTTA GO, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: COMPLETION, MIRATIVITY AND TRANSITIVITY IN ODIA LIGHT VERB CONSTRUCTIONS

Abstract : This paper deals with asymmetric complex predicates (combining a main verb and a 'light' verb) in Odia, an Indo-Aryan language. The main focus is on the two most common light verbs-jaa 'go' and-de 'give'. We argue that these light verbs are constructions in their own right affecting the interpretation of the event in two ways: (i) they necessarily refer to the completion of the event (as opposed to the single verb construction) and (ii) they typically express unexpectedness or abruptness and can as such be considered a mirative construction as defined by Delancey (2012). Transitivity plays a major role not only in the distinction between-jaa 'go' and-de 'give' but also in differences of degree of completion and unexpectedness.
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Maarten Lemmens, Kalyanamalini Sahoo. SOMETHING'S GOTTA GO, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: COMPLETION, MIRATIVITY AND TRANSITIVITY IN ODIA LIGHT VERB CONSTRUCTIONS. Studia Linguistica, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, ⟨10.1111/stul.12046⟩. ⟨halshs-01511850⟩

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