The Support Role of Auxiliaries

Walter Hirtle, Fonds Gustave Guillaume


Hewson (1997) clearly illustrates the 'typological shift to configurational syntax' giving rise to the prepositional phrase in Indo-European languages. It is further suggested in the same article that something parallel has occurred with the development of compound forms in the verb. For prepositional phrases and verb compounds to come into being, new syntactic relationships must have been established between their components. The present note is an attempt to throw light on these relationships in the verb phrase.

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