Compound verbs in Indo-Aryan


An overview of Indo-Aryan compound verbs (CVs), a particular sort of verb-verb collocation where one of the verbal elements behaves as a ‘light verb’, that is with much of its normal semantic content bleached, which modifies the other (‘main’) verb. Common ‘light’ (or vector) verbs in Indo-Aryan (IA) include GIVE, TAKE, GO, COME, FALL, RISE.

The Languages and Linguistics of South Asia: A Comprehensive Guide. edited by Hans Henrich Hock & Elena Bashir. The World of Linguistics. Berlin: De Gruyter, 559–567.
Benjamin Slade
Associate Professor of Linguistics