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Turkic Converbs and Serialization : Syntax, Semantics, Grammaticalization Turkic Converbs and Serialization : Syntax, Semantics, Grammaticalization
Turkic Converbs and Serialization : Syntax, Semantics, Grammaticalization Turkic Converbs and Serialization : Syntax, Semantics, Grammaticalization

P. Grashchenkov

Turkic Converbs and Serialization : Syntax, Semantics, Grammaticalization

Yazy`ki slavyanskoj kul`tury`

Moskva, 2015, 264 pages

ISBN: 978-5-94457-226-4

The monograph analyzes the Turkic converbs with the suffix -p and their place in the grammatical system of Turkic. The Turkic languages have constructions with the lexical verb in the form of p- converb (gerund, co-verb etc.) and the auxiliary. One of the problems the author aims at solving is specifying the grammatical semantics conveyed by auxiliary verbs. Besides, the combinations of different serial (auxiliary) verbs with negation, passive, and causative markers are examined. The process of grammaticalization, i.e. transformation of a lexical verb into an auxiliary, is also scrutinized. This process is synchronously accompanied by re¬structuring, i.e. transformation of a bi-clausal structure into a mono-clausal one. The author identifies a separate group of serial constructions which he describes as “manner – result” verbs. These include directional compounds (to swim and come = to come swimming) and compounds with the resultative semantics (to throttle and kill = to kill by throttling). Detailed consideration is given to the syntactic and semantic features of the types of serial constructions specified, as well as to the influence of serial verbs on the structure of simple predication. The book is the first to introduce separate semantic and grammatical classes of serial constructions. Each class is assigned a certain grammatical invariant of meaning, relevant for all the languages under study. The research results presented in the monograph are of importance for the Turkic studies and for syntactic typology. ¬They can also be used for developing Turkic language courses.

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