On the Diachronic Nature of Marathi Light Verbs
Aaditya Kulkarni
October 2020

The diachronic nature of Indo-aryan light verbs has been a matter of debate. Scholars like Hook (1991, 1993) and Slade (2013) consider light verbs to have emerged as a resultant of diachronic change; whereas Butt and Lahiri (2002, 2013) opine that light verbs are historically stable and resistant to change. In the light of these views, the present paper traces the Marathi light verbs across time to i. show that their pattern is indicative of gradual emergence rather than historical stability, and ii. affirm Butt and Lahiri's (2013) observation that once established, they show little change in terms of their semantics and morphophonology. (This is a partially abridged version of my M.Phil. thesis finished in 2019. A version summarizing the entirety work along with the critical discussion remains in preparation.)
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Reference: lingbuzz/006737
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Published in: University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 27 : Iss. 1 (comments still welcome; newer version under prep.)
keywords: light verbs, indo-aryan languages, grammaticalization, marathi, diachronic semantics, aspectogenesis, diachronic pertinacity, semantics
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