Turkish and uyghur verb-verb complexes in contrast

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This chapter focuses on two types of V-V complexes, the gerundive type and the converb type, in Turkish and Uyghur. Comparison of the two languages reveals that the -Ip converb type is predominant in Uyghur, whereas the -A gerundive type is predominant in Turkish. The increased use of V-V complexes of the -Ip converb type in Uyghur reflects the areal linguistic feature of explicator/vector verbs abundantly found in Indo-Aryan languages. Uyghur stands in marked contrast to Turkish, which has only an impoverished system of V-V complexes and instead has recourse to the strategy of using analytic constructions with lexically derived adverbs. As a result, while grammaticalization of converbial complexes is often found in Uyghur, there is no instance of grammaticalized bound suffixes in Turkish that originate from converbial complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVerb-Verb Complexes in Asian Languages
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780198759508
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Converb
  • Explicator verb
  • Gerundive
  • Grammaticalization
  • Turkish
  • Uyghur
  • Vector verb
  • Verb-verb complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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