Authors
host editors
Brian Noolan
Elke Diedrichsen
Date (dd-mm-yyyy)
2017
Title
Complex verbs and language contact in Bohairic Coptic
Book title
Argument realisation in complex predicates and complex events
Book subtitle
verb-verb constructions at the syntax-semantics interface
Publication Year
2017
ISBN
9789027259455
Number of pages
30
Publisher
AmsterdamJohn Benjamins Publishing Company9789027259455
Document type
Chapter
Faculty
Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
Institute
Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
Abstract
This chapter discusses the prepositional marking of the second argument in Bohairic Coptic complex verbs with the light verbs er- ‘do, make’ and ti- ‘give’. As such verbs were typically used to integrate verbal borrowings from Greek into Coptic, the question is examined if argument marking patterns in these verbs can be considered a replica of Greek valency patterns. Enhancement of already existing marking strategies is a more plausible scenario, however. As a result, the rise of complex verbs has contributed to a radical restructuring of the transitivity system in Coptic. Two competing subsystems of transitivity can be distinguished: a recessive one characterized by head marking of the second argument and emphasis on the discriminating function of case and a productive one, additionally boosted by the rise of complex verbs, in which the characterizing function of case becomes prominent thanks to dependent marking by means of a preposition.
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