The usual suspects

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In the grammaticalization of verbs, a small group of lexical verbs is particularly prominent, invariably found on the short-list of &#8216;light verbs&#8217; (Wilson 1999) that display peculiar grammatical properties. This chapter describes the behavior of a small group of such verbs in Ute. In addition to the properties noted above, these verbs in Ute display one conspicuous morphotactic irregularity: Unlike most lexical verbs that appear as the first element in the verbal word, these <i>usual suspects </i>can only appear as the second (or last) element in the complex verbal word. That is, in the characteristic position of Ute <i>verbal suffixes</i>.


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