Readership: Scholars of linguistic typology and language universals in departments of linguistics and anthroplogy. Students taking graduate courses in syntax, typology, language universals, information structure, and language contact.
Edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, and R.M.W. Dixon, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Professor and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and has published, in Russian, a grammar of modern Hebrew (1990). She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family, from northern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995) (based on work with the last speaker who has since died) and Warekena (1998), plus A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (Cambridge University Press
2003), in addition to essays on various typological and areal features of South American languages. Her monographs, Classifiers: A Typology of Noun Categorization Devices (2000, paperback reissue 2003), Language Contact in Amazonia (2002) and Evidentiality (2004) are published by Oxford University Press. She is currently working on a reference grammar of Manambu, from the Sepik area of New Guinea.
R. M. W. Dixon is Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. He has published grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and Yidiñ), in addition to A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian (University of Chicago Press 1988), The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia (OUP 2004), and A Semantic Approach to English Grammar (OUP 2005). His works on typological theory include Where have All the Adjectives Gone? and Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax (Mouton,1982) and Ergativity (CUP 1994). The Rise and Fall of Languages (CUP 1997) expounded a punctuated equilibrium model for language development: this is the basis for his detailed case study Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development (CUP 2002).
"This anthology provides the reader with rich and fascinating data on and sound analyses of SVCs and contributes decisively to the slowly but gradually growing literature towards a crosslinguistic typology of SVCs." - Gunter Senft, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
"This outstanding book is the first to study the phenomenon across languages of different typological and genetic profiles." - Folia Linguistica
1: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Serial Verb Constructions in Typological Perspective
2: Stephen Matthews: On Serial Verb Constructions in Cantonese
3: Birgit Hellwig: Serial Verb Constructions in Goemai
4: Christa Kilian-Hatz: Serial Verb Constructions in Khwe (Central-Khoisan)
5: Felix K. Ameka: Ewe Serial Verb Constructions in their Grammatical Context
6: David B. Solnit: Verb Serialization in Eastern Kayah Li
7: A.V.N. Diller: Thai Serial Verbs: Cohesion and culture
8: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Serial Verb Constructions in Tariana
9: Andrew Ingram: Serial Verb Constructions in Dumo
10: Alexandre Francois: Serial Verb Constructions in Mwotlap
11: John Hajek: Serial Verbs in Tetun Dili
12: Frantisek Lichtenberk: Serial Verb Constructions in Toqabaqita
13: Roberto Zavala: Serial Verbs in Olutec (Mixean)
14: Willem J. de Reuse: Serial Verbs in Lakota (Siouan)
15: Azeb Amha and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal: Verbal Compounding in Wolaitta
16: R. M. W. Dixon: Serial Verb Constructions: Conspectus and Coda
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