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The distribution of these two word order patterns for the give-type double-object construction is asymmetrical across the Chinese dialects: The Northern dialects have the IO DO pattern39 while the Southern dialects mainly have the DO IO pattern. The upper horizontal stroke depicts a fixed point. It is possible that works published outside China may be influenced by English or their local languages. In 36 , 37 , and 38 , —tu and —nu appear with actions that just happened at utterance time. In Faits de Langues Miminashi fight…. See also A.
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Pingback: An interview with Sonia Cristofaro about diachronic change and typological explanation Diversity Linguistics Comment. Thank you for these thoughts Martin. Structurally, their surface syntax is comparable in the crucial respects, and they exhibit analogous properties with respect to argument structure, scope of tense-aspect marking and polarity.
More tellingly, however, they share a precisely analogous diachronic origin and functional motivation for their development, as well as serve as a primary channel for the recruitment of new grammatical morphemes. Although in terms of frequency distribution, as well as sheer number of functions handled, verb-serialization appears far deeper in more prototypical verb-serializing languages such as Lahu or Akan, these differences should probably be understood in terms of typological constraints on their development rather than as differences of kind per se.
The paper has the following structure: section 2 briefly discusses some typological features of Assamese with reference to contact in the Northeast Indian linguistic area. Sections 3 and 4 review the synchronic and diachronic characteristics respectively of serial verb constructions in languages commonly identified as having them.
Section 5 then reviews the major structural and semantic features of the Assamese serial verb construction. Section 6 concludes the presentation.