[Lingtyp] Serial verbs: a bibliography

Daniel Ross djross3 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 23:58:02 UTC 2018

Sasha, thank you for sharing the bibliography with us.

Paul, those are interesting papers comparing English pseudocoordination
constructions to serialization, but because of the conjunction AND they
cannot be considered Serial Verb Constructions by traditional definition.
In fact, this is an arbitrary, even problematic part of the definition that
may obscure cross-linguistic similarities. I made a similar point at ALT
2015 about pseudocoordination as being, in effect, a strategy for verb
"serialization" in some languages, including English. But it seems too
confusing to maintain that point literally, deviating too far from
established practice, or what Zwicky 1990 referred to as defining SVCs in a
"historically faithful" way. The missing generalization is that SVCs are
not the only type of multi-verbal, monoclausal construction with similar
functional properties. This is the topic of my forthcoming dissertation.

Sasha, if you will add works that address similar construction types
outside of SVCs proper, then I would suggest my 2016 article about
pseudocoordination in a cross-linguistic perspective, where I compare and
distinguish the two construction types, and also point out widespread
confusion about terminology. I will have more papers for you to add soon on
SVCs more narrowly. I am working on an ongoing large-sample
cross-linguistic study of SVCs. A preliminary version is available from a
2015 conference presentation, but I understand if you want to wait until a
published version is available before adding it to the bibliography. I also
recently presented a preliminary cross-linguistic distribution of semantic
types of SVCs at SWL. (For anyone with comments on these topics or feedback
on the papers/presentations please feel free to email me off-list as well!)

Also, on the topic of South Asian languages, where you cite Steever 1988,
please also consider Hock & Ross 2016, which addresses the somewhat
idiosyncratic two-verb, doubly-inflected construction prevalent in that
region from a comparative perspective.

Hock, Hans Henrich & Daniel Ross. 2016. South Asian “Agreeing Verb
Constructions”: Serial Verbs, Compound Verbs, Pseudocoordination, or
what? *Linguistic
Analysis* 40(3–4). 337–376.
Ross, Daniel. 2015. Pseudocoordination as a cross-linguistic strategy for
verb serialization. Presented at Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT)
11, University of New Mexico, August 1, 2015.
Ross, Daniel. 2016. Between coordination and subordination: Typological,
structural and diachronic perspectives on pseudocoordination. In Fernanda
Pratas, Sandra Pereira & Clara Pinto (eds.), *Coordination and
Subordination: Form and Meaning — Selected Papers from CSI Lisbon 2014*,
209–243. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
Ross, Daniel. Forthcoming. Pseudocoordination, serial verb constructions
and multi-verb predicates: The relationship between form and structure.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ph.D. dissertation.
Ross, Daniel, Ryan Grunow, Kelsey Lac, George Jabbour & Jack Dempsey. 2015.
Serial Verb Constructions: a distributional and typological perspective.
Presented at *Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) 7*,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 17, 2015.
Ross, Daniel & Joseph Lovestrand. 2018. What Do Serial Verbs Mean? A
Worldwide Survey. Presented at *Syntax of the World’s Languages (SWL) 8*,
INALCO, Paris, September 3, 2018.

Please let me know if you can't find any of these papers.

Daniel Ross
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois

On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 4:05 PM Paul Hopper <hopper at cmu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Sasha,
> a couple of items for when you update the bibliography:
> Hopper, Paul J., 2007 “Verb serialization with *to take *in English, with
> a note on French and German.” *Combat pour les Langues du Monde: Hommage
> à Claude Hagège,*199-210. Sous la direction de M. M. Jocelyne
> Fernandez-Vest. Paris, Editions L'Harmattan, 2007. (Collection Grammaire et
> Cognition, Nos 4 et 5.)
> Hopper, Paul J., 2007 “Emergent Serialization in English: Pragmatics and
> Typology.” In Jeff Good, ed., *Language Universals and Language Change, *
> 520-554*.*London: Oxford University Press.
> Best,
> Paul
> __________
> Paul J. Hopper
> Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Humanities
> Department of English
> Carnegie Mellon University
> Pittsburgh PA 15213, USA
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> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:55:24 AM
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> *Subject:* [Lingtyp] Serial verbs: a bibliography
> Dear colleagues
> I would like to share with you a recent bibliography of serial verbs which
> I put together as I was working on my monograph *Serial verbs *(published
> by Oxford University Press earlier this month). This bibliography published
> online by Oxford University Press (New York; general editor Mark Aronoff)
> is an updateable resource, and I will be revising it every two years or as
> need be. A pdf of the bibliography is attached).
> I would greatly welcome any additions which I should be able to
> incorporate in due course.
> Best wishes, and more soon
> Sasha
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