The Grammar of Verbs and their Arguments

ISBN 978-3-89645-769-1
To the honour of Lars Hellan

The Grammar of Verbs and their Arguments

A Cross-linguistic Perspective

Edited by: James Essegbey, Dalina Kallulli, Adams Bodomo. With an introduction by: James Essegbey, Dalina Kallulli, Adams Bodomo. With contributions by: Hasiyatu Abubakari, Felix Ameka, Dorothee Beermann, Adams Bodomo, James Essegbey, Lars Hellan, Dalina Kallulli, Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu †. Series edited by: Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig †, Bernd Heine.

Series: GA Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 59

232 pp.
2 colour photos, 2 colour diagrams, numerous figures, tables and charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 180 x 230 mm
580 g
€ 59.80

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The papers in this volume are part of papers presented at the International Workshop on Verbs and Their Arguments at the University of Vienna in November 2015. The workshop was organized in honor of Prof. Lars Hellan who has either trained the contributors in the analysis of verbs and their arguments, or worked with them on a project in that field.

Some of the chapters deal with tense, aspect, modality and polarity categories of verbs. Others explore verb semantics, argument structure, argument realization, serial verb constructions, predicate-cleft constructions, object agreement and issues related to syntax-semantics interface.


James Essegbey / Dalina Kallulli / Adams Bodomo: Introduction

Dorothee Beermann: Tense, Modality and Aspect in Krio – A corpus based study

Mary Esther Dakubu: TAMP Marking in Proto-Kwa – What can we reconstruct?

Felix Ameka: Verb constructions at the syntax-semantics interface

James Essegbey: Cutting across the Akan-Gbe divide

Adams Bodomo: A Dagaare pandora’s box – The syntax of verb serialization in an oral literature context

Hasiyatu Abubakari: Predicate Cleft Constructions in Kúsáàl

Dalina Kallulli: On a true universal – From clitic doubling in Albanian to object agreement in Bantu

Lars Hellan: Situations in Grammar

Under this link you will find further Festschriften and  obituary collections for renowned scholars published in our programme.

Under these links yo will find further studies focusing on verbs and verbal morphology in African languages:

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