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Light Verbs in Pashto: Traditionally and Generatively
Light verbs have been a topic of discussion for the last six decades. It has been studied cross-linguistically; however, most of the influential accounts of light verbs have been about Indo-Aryan languages, as these languages make extensive use of light verbs in their argument structures. Pashto, an Indo-Iranian language, also makes frequent use of light verbs in its constructions; however, light verbs in Pashto have remained unexplored to a greater extent, both traditionally and generatively. The majority of the accounts discuss complex predicates but not the light verbs in their own right. The goal of this paper is to explore light verbs in Pashto both traditionally and generatively. This involves gleaning light verbs in Pashto by applying yardsticks that have been used cross-linguistically during the last few decades. The generative aspect lies in proposing argument structures/ derivations for the three tenses where slots for the light verbs are located/ proposed.
Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Swabi, Anbar Swabi. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Agreement, Case Assignment, Complex Predicates, Light Verbs, Pashto