Verb-Verb Complexes in Asian Languages

ISBN : 9780198759508

Taro Kageyama; Peter E. Hook; Prashant Pardeshi
576 ページ
156 x 234 mm

This volume is the first to present a detailed survey of the systems of verb-verb complexes in Asian languages from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Many Asian languages share, to a greater or lesser extent, a unique class of compound verbs consisting of a main verb and a quasi-auxiliary verb known as a 'vector' or 'explicator'. These quasi-auxiliary verbs exhibit unique grammatical behaviour that suggests that they have an intermediate status between full lexical verbs and wholly reduced auxiliaries. They are also semantically unique, in that when they are combined with main verbs, they can convey a rich variety of functional meanings beyond the traditional notions of tense, aspect, and modality, such as manner and intensity of action, benefaction for speaker or hearer, and polite or derogatory styles in speech. In this book, leading specialists in a range of Asian languages offer an in-depth analysis of the long-standing questions relating to the diachrony and geographical distribution of verb-verb complexes. The findings have implications for the general understanding of the grammaticalization of verb categories, complex predicate formation, aktionsart and event semantics, the morphology-syntax-semantics interface, areal linguistics, and typology.


1 Taro Kageyama, Peter E. Hook, and Prashant Pardeshi: Introductory remarks
Part I: Languages of Northeast Asia
2 Taro Kageyama: Between lexical verbs and auxiliaries: The architecture of Japanese verb-verb complexes
3 Hirofumi Aoki and Bjarke Frellesvig: Verb-verb complexes is Old and Middle Japanese
4 Taro Kageyama: Grammaticalization and constructionalization in Japanese lexical compound verbs
5 Hideki Kishimoto: Syntactic V-V compounds in Japanese
6 Yo Matsumoto: The semantic differentiation of V-te V complexes and V-V compounds in Japanese
7 Michinori Shimoji: V-V complexes in Irabu Ryukyuan
8 Hyun Kyung Hwang and John Whitman: Korean verb-verb sequences
Part II: Languages of South Asia
9 Prashant Pardeshi: Classification of complex verbs and the evolution of the compound verb in Marathi
10 Benjamin Slade: Development of verb-verb complexes in Indo-Aryan
11 Peter E. Hook: Births, earthquakes, meteors, and other autogenous expressions: The Hindi-Urdu compound verb and its covert semantics
12 E. Annamalai: The matrix of verb-verb sequences in Tamil
13 Sanford Steever: Verb + verb sequences in Dravidian
14 Bettina Zeisler: Semantically related verb verb combinations in Tibetan and Ladakhi: 1300 years of stable transition
Part III: Languages of Central and Northwest Asia
15 Andrej Shluinsky: -V complexes in Turkic languages: Interaction of lexical and delexicalized verbs
16 Noriko Ohsaki and Fuyuki Ebata: Verb-verb complexes in Central and Eastern Turkic languages
17 Yu Kuribayashi: Turkish and Uyghur V-V complexes in contrast
18 Hisanari Yamada: V-V complexes in Avar
Part IV: Chinese and Thai
19 Kingkarn Thepkanjana and Satoshi Uehara: Verbal complexes in Thai
20 Hsin-hsin Liang and Peter E. Hook: Verb-verb sequences in Mandarin and Hindi-Urdu: A comparison
Index of languages
Index of subjects


Taro Kageyama is Professor Emeritus at the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, where he was Director General from 2009-2017, and a former President of the Linguistic Society of Japan. He is the author or (co-)editor of about 40 books in the fields of word formation, morphology, lexical semantics, and syntax, with special reference to Japanese and English, including Handbook of Japanese Lexicon and Word Formation (De Gruyter, 2016) and Handbook of Japanese Contrastive Linguistics (De Gruyter, 2018). ; Peter E. Hook is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. His research primarily explores the syntax, semantics, and grammaticalization of compound verbs and other grammatical phenomena in Hindi-Urdu and other Indo-Aryan languages and dialects. His publications include articles in journals such as Linguistics, Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, and South Asia Yearbook. ; Prashant Pardeshi is a Professor in the Division of Linguistic Theory and Typology at the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics. He is interested in functional linguistic typology, comparative studies between Japanese and Indian languages, Japanese language pedagogy, and lexicography. He has published numerous articles in edited volumes and international journals such as Linguistics, Journal of Japanese Linguistics, and Acta Linguistica Asiatica.