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Complex predicates in Betta Kurumba

Gail Coelho
Published Online: 2018-10-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jsall-2018-0007

Abstract

This paper discusses various types of complex predicates found in Betta Kurumba, a South Dravidian language spoken in southern India. The constructions discussed include causativising and valency-modifying affixes, phrasal compound verbs, and compound verb stems. Compound verb stems are unusual for the language area, as they combine verb roots word-internally rather than as independent words, and have undergone varying degrees of grammaticalization. The origin of the compound verb stem construction is investigated, with the paper demonstrating that this construction was also originally a phrasal structure containing separate verb words. In addition, the history of valency modification and compound verb stem formation is shown to have contributed to the structure of simplex verb words in this language.

Keywords: complex predicates; compound verbs; light verbs; Dravidian; historical linguistics; valency

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Published Online: 2018-10-23

Published in Print: 2018-10-25


Citation Information: Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 23–77, ISSN (Online) 2196-078X, ISSN (Print) 2196-0771, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jsall-2018-0007.

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