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]
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