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By Dr Mengistu Amberber, Dr Brett Baker, Mark Harvey

Advanced predicates are multipredicational, yet monoclausal constructions. they've got confirmed problematical for linguistic thought, really for proposed differences among the lexicon, morphology, and syntax. This quantity specializes in the mapping from morphosyntactic constructions to occasion constitution, and particularly, the limitations on attainable mappings. the amount showcases the 'coverb building' a posh predicate building which, although frequent, has bought little realization within the literature. The coverb building contrasts with extra generic serial verb buildings. The coverb building as a rule maps purely to occasion constructions like these of monomorphemic verbs, while serial verb structures map to various occasion buildings differing from these of monomorphemic verbs. the amount assurance is actually cross-linguistic, together with languages from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, East Africa and North the USA. the quantity establishes a brand new area of analysis in occasion constitution, syntax, and cross-linguistic typology.

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These are questions for future research. There are also other morphosyntactic structures such as Germanic particle + verb constructions, whose status with respect to the merger vs. coindexation distinction is likewise an area for further research.  Conclusion We have shown that complex predicates may be divided into two classes in terms of their correspondence with conceptual structure. One class of complex predicates – the merger construction – groups with monomorphemic predicates in that merger constructions only allow predicates which correspond to the classic Vendlerian verb classes.

Further, it is not evident how their degree of specification might be quantified as against the coverb durdut ‘run’. Nonetheless, neither of these factors prevents them from entering into merger constructions. In keeping with the general principle of preserving predicate information, merged structures may involve compound functions, where these are plausible, as in (), where the DOWN function from the coverb lek ‘move down’ is compounded with the TOWARD function from the finite verb di ‘come’.

Conclusion We have shown that complex predicates may be divided into two classes in terms of their correspondence with conceptual structure. One class of complex predicates – the merger construction – groups with monomorphemic predicates in that merger constructions only allow predicates which correspond to the classic Vendlerian verb classes. g. Dowty , Rappaport Hovav and Levin ) have proposed that the Vendlerian classes represent a constraint on what kinds of events may be lexicalised as monomorphemic verbs in languages.

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