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In this paper we analyse the interdependence of Persian nonverbal (NV) elements and the light verb (LV) in determining the syntactic properties, the event structure, and the alternation possibilities of the entire complex predicate (CP). We argue that these properties provide strong evidence for a constructionalist approach to such phenomena, like that of Hale and Keyser (1993, 2002), and that the combination of compositionality and syntactic independence effects observed in these constructions, are difficult, if not impossible, to deal with in a projectionist approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1365-1401
Number of pages37
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Complex predicates
  • Light verbs
  • Persian
  • Selectional properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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