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Serial Verb Construction in Amis Author: Joy J. Wu(Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University)


This study examines the serial verb construction in Amis, a Formosan language, in terms of the interface between semantic relationship and syntactic manifestations. In this study, we demonstrate that, in the serial verb construction with different types of verbs, various degrees of tightness existing between events and participants are reflected syntactically. Such correspondence is displayed in a semantic/syntactic tight/loose con-tinuum postulated at the end of this paper.

Keywords:Amis, serial verb construction, syntax, semantics

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