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Ambiguous verb sequences in Transeurasian languages and beyond
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8252-1373
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6731-8855
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7487-7620
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Éva Á. Csató, Lars Johanson and Birsel Karakoç eds. 2019. Ambiguous Verb Sequences in Transeurasian Languages and Beyond (Turcologica 120). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. i-vii, 1–342.

Some sequences of verbs can display systematic ambiguities in meaning. Accent patterns are among the means for disambiguating them. The volume presents a comprehensive analysis of ambiguous verb sequences and ways of teasing them apart, an issue that has never before been addressed in the typological literature. It consists of seventeen contributions focusing on data from the Transeurasian languages Turkic, Japanese and Korean, and a Tungusic variety. The studies demonstrate strong typological similarities between these languages.

The term “verb sequence” is used to refer to any contiguous sequence of two or more verbs. A structural ambiguity arises when two or more different readings can be assigned to the same sequence. For instance, a sequence of two verbs may be understood as two predicates describing consecutive events, or as a single predicate consisting of a lexical verb followed by an auxiliary verb. This latter type can display further ambiguity between actionality and viewpoint-aspect readings.

The introductory chapter succinctly presents Lars Johanson’s theoretical framework and terminology, which are applied by the authors. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald reviews verb sequences from a broad typological perspective. Martine Robbeets studies the coincidence of intraterminal and postterminal readings in certain converb constructions across the Transeurasian languages. Ten papers deal with Turkic varieties such as Turkish dialects, a Volga-Turkic variety of the 17th century, Kazakh, Yakut, Dolgan, Siberian Turkic, Noghay, Salar, and Uyghur. Complex predicates are analyzed in an endangered Tungusic variety, Uilta (Orok). One chapter deals with Korean, and another with Fukuoka Japanese. The final contribution, on Ladakhi (a Tibetic language), demonstrates the broader areal distribution of ambiguous verb sequences.

The volume is based on presentations given at the 19th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics (ICTL), held August 17–19, 2018, at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, which was the first conference of this kind in Central Asia.         

 

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Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2019.
Series
Turcologica, ISSN 0177-4743 ; 120
Keywords [en]
Turkic, Japanese, Transeurasian, Tungusic, Tibetan, Korean
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Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Turkic languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397855ISBN: 978-3-447-11370-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397855DiVA, id: diva2:1373302
Available from: 2019-11-26 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2020-01-29

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