[Lingtyp] 'As soon as' constructions

Jesus Francisco Olguin Martinez olguinmartinez at ucsb.edu
Sat Feb 27 03:15:59 UTC 2021

Dear all,

I hope this message finds you well.

In my sample, various languages express 'as soon as' by means of
constructions where the verb of the subordinate clause is doubled and the
second component is negated (e.g. 'having gone not having gone...'='as soon
as I went...')  or constructions where the subordinate verb is followed by
'or not' ('having gone or not...'='as soon as I went...') (cf. Olguin
Martinez et al 2019). This seems to be attested in:

1. Georgian
2. Lezgian
3. Turkish
4. Japanese

Haspelmath (1993: 386) mentions that this construction exists in the
neighboring Turkic languages. Besides Turkish, are you aware of any other
Turkic languages that have a similar construction to express 'as soon as'?

With respect to verb doubling without negative markers, it seems that
various languages of my sample, particularly West African languages,
express this semantic relations by means of this strategy (e.g. 'arrived he
arrived'..='as soon as he arrived..' (cf. Lefebvre and Brousseau 2002; Fiedler
2014; Olguin Martinez et al 2019) . This also seems to be common is Creole
languages (Michaelis et al. 2013; Olguin Martinez et al 2019), among many
other languages of my sample. Are you aware of any paper that has explored
this phenomenon? Any languages that have this strategy to express 'as soon
as' or other temporal adverbial relations?

Thank you very much in advance.

Jesús Olguín Martínez
Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Linguistics
*University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)*

Fiedler, Ines. 2014. Why are ‘as soon as’ clauses marked for
predicate-centered focus. Handout, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Haspelmath, Martin. 1993. *A grammar of Lezgian*. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Lefebvre, Claire & Anne-Marie Brousseau. 2002. *A grammar of Fongbe. *Berlin:
Mouton de Gruyter.
Michaelis, Susanne Maria, Martin Haspelmath & the APiCS Consortium. 2013.
Verb doubling in temporal Clauses. In Michaelis, Susanne Maria, Maurer,
Philippe, Haspelmath, Martin & Huber, Magnus (eds.), *The atlas of pidgin
and creole language structures*, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Olguin Martinez, Jesus, Bernard Comrie, and Eric W. Campbell. 2019. 'As
soon as' clauses: A typological study of temporally subsequent events.
Handout of talk given  at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas
Linguistica Europaea.
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