Description - The Serial Verb Construction Parameter by Osamuyimen Thompson Stewart
This book investigates the serial verb construction - engaging central issues in syntactic theory regarding complex predicates, clausal architecture and syntactic variation. The proposed analysis is couched in the Principles & Parameters theory and the Minimalist program, based on extensive empirical evidence drawn from major Kwa languages of West Africa such as Edo, Yoruba and Igbo, as well as from additional languages such as English, Italian and Chinese. Two central arguments are presented in detail in this book. First, on the basis of an analysis of verb movement to Infl, the book argues that the occurrence of verb serialization in a given language is determined by the properties and relationship of a functional item (Tense) to a lexical item (Verb) - not by an optional configuration of lexical phrase structure. Consequently, serial verbs occur only in languages where the verbs do not need to raise to check features with Infl (e.g. Edo, Yoruba), in contrast to languages where the verb must check features either at LF or at s-structure (e.g. English, French).
Second, the book challenges the status quo of a unified analysis for serial verbs by showing systematically that two major types must be distinguished: resultative and consequential. These two types are shown to contrast with covert coordinations and superficially similar constructions like instrumentals.
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Author Biography - Osamuyimen Thompson Stewart
Osamuyimen Thompson Stewart teaches at the University of British Columbia.