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Volume 36, Issue 1


Building verbs in language mixing varieties

Artemis Alexiadou
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  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Berlin, Germany
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Published Online: 2017-06-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfs-2017-0008


This paper discusses two patterns of language mixing involving verbal predicates produced by bilingual speakers, the so-called light verb construction and the so-called affixal pattern. The empirical focus of the study is on Greek-German and Cypriot Greek-English varieties, which are contrasted to the Spanish-German variety discussed in González-Vilbazo and López (2011). An analysis of the constructions is offered using the tools of Distributed Morphology and Minimalist Syntax. The paper shows that bilingual speakers have very detailed knowledge of fine properties of their two linguistic systems that become apparent in the context of building verbs.

Keywords: language-mixing; light verb construction; affixal pattern; distributed morphology

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Published Online: 2017-06-02

Published in Print: 2017-06-27

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, Volume 36, Issue 1, Pages 165–192, ISSN (Online) 1613-3706, ISSN (Print) 0721-9067, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfs-2017-0008.

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