[Lingtyp] query: serial verb constructions

Alexandra Aikhenvald a.y.aikhenvald at live.com
Mon Jul 3 23:31:01 UTC 2017

Dear David

Yes, there are examples - especially with the meaning of 'transfer'; this will be mentioned in my forthcoming book on Serial verbs (OUP), to be finished very soon; I could let you have the relevant chapters.

Best wishes


Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, PhD, DLitt, FAHA

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From: Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of David Gil <gil at shh.mpg.de>
Sent: Monday, 3 July 2017 3:26 PM
To: lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org
Subject: [Lingtyp] query: serial verb constructions

Dear typologists,
Is anybody familiar with a language that has serial verb constructions of the form
with no additional argument flagging, and where the resulting meaning is one of those indicated in (a) and (b) below?
(a) 'A gave P to G'
(b) 'A took P from G'
The reason I'm asking:  I am reconstructing sentences such as in (1) for some languages of western New Guinea, as a first stage in a possible chain of grammaticalization, so I am wondering whether similar constructions are actually attested in any of the world's languages.   (Seems to me that this is something that might conceivably be found in Mainland Southeast Asia, West Africa, or Atlantic Creoles.)


David Gil

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
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