Complex predicates in Bangla: An event-based analysis

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Title: Complex predicates in Bangla: An event-based analysis
Author: Basu, Debarchana; Wilbur, Ronnie
Abstract: This study analyzes complex verbal predicates in Bangla (Bengali) in an event structure based linguistic framework. This approach is based on a semantic syntactic mapping of the lexical verb and its argument structure. The two types of complex predicates in Bangla vary in terms of the type and number of events they represent. Verb Compounds (VCs) represent single events, while Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) represent multiple events consecutive to each other. Though overtly similar in the linear order representation, the VCs and SVCs reflect different kinds of events. VCs look at sub-event levels of representation, namely inception, continuity and completion, while SVCs code multiple events. The syntax-semantics interface based event structure framework (Ramchand, 2002, 2004) is used to analyze these complex predicates as the sub-event phases of events.
Citation: Basu, Debarchana and Wilbur, Ronnie. (2010). "Complex predicates in Bangla: An event-based analysis."
Date: 2010-06-24

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