The development of asymmetrical serial verb constructions in an Australian mixed language

Meakins, F (2010) The development of asymmetrical serial verb constructions in an Australian mixed language. Linguistic Typology, 14 1: 1-38. doi:10.1515/LITY.2010.001

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Author Meakins, F
Title The development of asymmetrical serial verb constructions in an Australian mixed language
Journal name Linguistic Typology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1430-0532
1613-415X
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/LITY.2010.001
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 38
Total pages 38
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Mouton de Gruyter
Language eng
Abstract Gurindji Kriol is a mixed language spoken in northern Australia. It is derived from Gurindji, a Pama-Nyungan language, and Kriol, an English-lexifier creole language. Despite these clear sources, Gurindji Kriol contains grammatical systems which are not found in Gurindji or Kriol, for example asymmetrical serial verb constructions. The origin of these constructions is unclear given that Kriol only contains a very limited set of serial verb constructions and they are not found in Gurindji. The development of asymmetrical serial verb constructions is examined and it is suggested that they are a product of the more restricted Kriol serial verb construction developing and expanding under the influence of the Gurindji complex verb. The formation of this construction was a part of the more general genesis of the mixed language which was derived from code-switching.
Keyword Australian languages
Code-switching
Complex predicates
Gurindji
Gurindji Kriol
Kriol
Language contact
Mixed languages
Serial verbs
Syntax
Australian languages
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Sat, 30 Oct 2010, 03:03:45 EST by Dr Felicity Meakins on behalf of School of Languages and Cultures