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The function of support verb constructions: an investigation based on English, Irish and Basque constructions
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Languages, Department of English. Celtic Section.
2007 (English)In: Kelten-Einfälle an der Donau, 2007, 457-474 p.Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

Support verb constructions, amongst others also called verbo-nominal constructions, expanded predicate or complex verb, paraphrase simple verbs by using complex predicates, like 'to think' versus 'to have a think'. In many cases these structures illustrate special semantic or aspectual traits not found in the corresponding simple verb construction, e.g. 'he concludes' versus

• He reached that conclusion fairly late (Ingressive).

These types of structure can be found in various language groups and a number of different functions have been attributed to them. Amongst these are change of sentence structure and change of stress pattern, as well as creation of an obligatory object for transitive verbs for English.

This paper examined Irish material collected from a corpus of Old- and Modern Irish texts in comparison with the extant descriptions of English and Basque material and found that similar functions are observable for the Irish language, but that also the creation of verbal concepts plays a role in cases where no simple verb exists.

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2007. 457-474 p.
Keyword [en]
Verbal noun, periphrasis, Old Irish, Welsh, Basque
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-13597ISBN: 9783700136705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-13597DiVA: diva2:41367
Available from: 2008-01-23 Created: 2008-01-23

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