publication . Doctoral thesis . 2016

The inceptive construction and associated topics in Amharic and related languages

Asfawwesen, Desalegn;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för lingvistik
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
This thesis investigates the syntactic features, functions, and diachrony of a complex predicate called ‘the inceptive construction’ which is based on a grammaticalised use of the converbs ‘get up’, ‘pick up’, ‘grasp’, and ‘take’. The languages under investigation are Amharic, Argobba, Harari, Zay, and Selt’i. The data collection that was analized consists of elicitations, audio recordings, and written texts. The analysis shows that the converbs identify the initial phase of the event encoded by a following verb. The converbs are further associated with nuances like volition, surprise, and emphasis. The rise of such interpretations as surprise and emphasis appea...
Subjects
free text keywords: inceptive construction, insubordination, conjunction, converb, complex predicate, grammaticalization, Amharic, Ethio-Semitic, General Language Studies and Linguistics, Jämförande språkvetenskap och allmän lingvistik
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