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A Syntactic Analysis of Motion Predicates in Southern Tati (Takestani Dialect)

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posted on 2019-08-16, 14:22 authored by Neda TaherkhaniNeda Taherkhani
This dissertation provides a syntactic representation of Motion Predicates (MPs) expressed by series of verbs known as Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) in Southern Tati –an Indo-European language spoken mainly in the Northwestern parts of Iran. This study addresses the sub-eventive decomposition of MPs by following the theoretical framework established by generative-constructivists like Borer (2005) and Ramchand (2008), as implemented for MPs in Benedicto and Salomon (2014).This dissertation also contributes to the documentation of Southern Tati, which iscategorized by UNESCO as ‘definitely’endangered.


Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) research grant


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Linguistics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Elena Benedicto

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Mary Niepokuj

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. John Sundquist

Additional Committee Member 4

Dr. Arsalan Kahnemuyipour