Help Privacy Policy Disclaimer
  Advanced SearchBrowse




Book Chapter

The rise and resolution of viewpoint aspectual ambiguity in Transeurasian reconstruction


Robbeets,  Martine
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

External Resource
No external resources are shared
Fulltext (restricted access)
There are currently no full texts shared for your IP range.
Fulltext (public)
There are no public fulltexts stored in PuRe
Supplementary Material (public)
There is no public supplementary material available

Robbeets, M. (2019). The rise and resolution of viewpoint aspectual ambiguity in Transeurasian reconstruction. In É. Á. Csató, L. Johanson, & B. Karakoç (Eds.), Ambiguous Verb Sequences in Transeurasian Languages and Beyond (pp. 241-264). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. doi:10.2307/j.ctvx1hw37.17.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-57E3-4
In this paper, I deal with the coincidence of intraterminal and postterminal readings in certain converb constructions across the Transeurasian languages and suggest that some of these may be given a diachronic explanation by reconstructing an ancestral stage, whereby the viewpoint-aspectual reading of the converb marker was determined by the actional interpretation of the base verb. To this end, I use Johanson’s terminology both in referring to the so-called “Transeurasian” languages and in conceptualizing dimensions of aspectual terminality. Johanson & Robbeets (2009: 1–2) coined the term “Transeurasian” to refer to a grouping of about 50 geographically adjacent, typologically similar and