By Gregory D. S. Anderson
This can be the main accomplished survey ever released of the auxiliary verb development. Drawing on a database of over 800 languages Dr Anderson examines their morphosyntactic varieties and semantic roles. He investigates and explains the ancient adjustments resulting in the cross-linguistic range of inflectional styles, and provides his effects inside of a brand new typological framework. He finds a lot that's new in regards to the language households of the realm and makes a tremendous contribution to the certainty in their nature and evolution.
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Further, Park (1994) oVered a comparative study of auxiliary verbs in three Tibeto-Burman languages. Although predominantly isolating, the languages of southeastern Asia, which mainly stand outside the scope of the present volume, have likewise been the subjects of book-length analyses devoted to auxiliary verbs. This includes several languages of Thailand, including Bouyei (Burusphat 1998), Myang Lao (Mundhenk 1967), and Thai (Sookgasem 1990). African languages have also enjoyed a small number of monographs or dissertations dedicated to auxiliary verbs.
Including those determined in agreement and government’ (Zwicky 1993: 297–8). ] the intersection of two semantic properties, proWle equivalence and primary information bearing unit’ (2001: 241–2), and further that ‘[the] (semantic) head is the proWle equivalent that is the primary information-bearing unit, that is, the most contentful item that most closely proWles the same kind of thing that the whole constituent proWles’ (2001: 259). 12 The status of headedness in auxiliary verb constructions has been addressed at least obliquely by such researchers as Zwicky (1985, 1993), Mufwene (1991), and Croft (2001).
For example, consider the facts on agreement in the verb with conjoined noun phrases in Yasin Burushaski, a variety of the enigmatic language isolate of northern Pakistan. Here, nouns belong to one of four classes, each with their own set of inXectional characteristics (see Anderson, (to appear, a) for details). However, when nouns of diVerent classes are conjoined (and this includes personal pronouns with nouns as well), only the rightmost noun shows agreement. Note that this is true in both conjunctive and disjunctive structures.
Auxiliary Verb Constructions (Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory) by Gregory D. S. Anderson