Another look at serial verb constructions in Khmer

Stephen Self
Serial verb constructions (SVCs) are a widely recognized areal feature ofMainland Southeast Asia (MSEA) and Austroasiatic languages in particular.Yet discussion of SVCs in Khmer has been sporadic.The most extensive treatments of SVCs inKhmer (Wilawan 1993, 1995; Sak-Humphry 2005) deny that the language has SVCson theory-internal grounds.Haiman (2011) asserts that Khmer does have SVCs, but includes completive or“success verb” constructions which function differently from structuresrecognized cross-linguistically as SVCs.I apply the “characteristic and diagnostic features of SVCs”...
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