n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Defleksie en grammatikalisasie : die Afrikaanse hulpwerkwoord

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



<b>Deflection and grammaticalization : the Afrikaans auxiliary <i>het</i></b> <br>While the development of the Afrikaans verb system was characterized by thoroughgoing deflection in its earliest stages, the language in its standard form still employs fairly extensive and complex verbal clusters. Finite form and infinitive have become largely interchangeable, making preterite agreement in modal verbs, and past participle + &lt;i&gt;het&lt;/i&gt; insertion possible in former infinitive contexts. The rise in functional load and frequency of usage of the auxiliary &lt;i&gt;het&lt;/i&gt; and concomitant structural changes in the verbal cluster as well as the cliticization of &lt;i&gt;het&lt;/i&gt; are described in some detail. It is shown how complex verbal clusters have gained in versatility because of <i>het, &lt;/i&gt; and how the grammaticalization trend already in evidence in the development of auxiliaries, was taken a step further by the auxiliary &lt;i&gt;het.&lt;/i&gt;

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error