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The Grammar Of Teribe Verb Serialization In A Cross-Chibchan Perspective

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This paper describes the grammar of serial verb constructions in Teribe, a Chibchan language of Costa Rica and Panama. It also analyzes the grammaticalization of minor components of Teribe serial verb constructions as potential auxiliaries. By comparing the Teribe verb serialization patterns with the behavior of positionals in three neighboring Chibchan languages, Bribri and Cabecar (Costa Rica) and Cuna (Panama and Colombia), the paper explores the grammaticalization path of verb serialization in Chibchan. The paper presents the three basic verb types existing in Teribe. It further analyzes Teribe serial verb constructions both syntactically and semantically. Special attention is given to the role of positional and motion verbs in series.

Keywords: Chibchan language; grammar; Teribe Verb Serialization



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