A pseudo-consecutive non-canonical serial verb construction in isiXhosa

  • Alexander Andrason
Keywords: isiXhosa, serial verb construction, consecutivisation, prototype, cognitive linguistics


This snippet contributes to the study of less canonical Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) of a multiclausal consecutive origin. The author demonstrates that the BUYA gram in isiXhosa constitutes an example of a pseudo-consecutive non-canonical SVC. Although BUYA complies with most features postulated for the prototype of a SVC, it also exhibits formal marking of consecutivisation. Nevertheless, as the gram does not comply with the various properties exhibited by consecutive patterns in isiXhosa, this marking is dummy.

Keywords: isiXhosa; serial verb construction; consecutivisation; prototype; cognitive linguistics


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