Dienstag, 21. Mai 2019, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Light verb, auxiliary, grammaticalization

The case of the Vedic periphrastic perfect

Hörsaal 1 (1. OG)
Sensengasse 3a, 1090 Wien


A guest lecture by Dr. hab. Máté ITTZÉS | Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


The lecture addresses the question whether light verbs may participate in the so-called grammaticalization cline (i.e. main verb → light verb → auxiliary). In contrast to the opinion that there is no evidence for the diachronic change leading from light verb to auxiliary and that light verbs are in fact diachronically “inert”, I will argue that the history of the periphrastic perfect in Vedic does indeed attest such a process, a suggestion which is in accordance with recent findings concerning some Modern Indo-Aryan compound verb constructions.

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