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The reconstruction of Nyulnyulan complex predication

Bowern, Claire

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I discuss comparative systems of light verbs and event classification in Nyulnyulan (Non-Pama-Nyungan) languages from a historical perspective. I describe the difficulties for reconstructing light verb structures for Proto-Nyulnyulan, despite their appearance in all eight Nyulnyulan daughter languages. The complex predicate systems for three well-attested languages are described in detail. Problems for reconstruction arise in three areas. First, while all Nyulnyulan languages exhibit...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/37424
Source: Diachronica
DOI: 10.1075/dia.25.2.04bow

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