The usual suspects
In the grammaticalization of verbs, a small group of lexical verbs is particularly prominent, invariably found on the short-list of ‘light verbs’ (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>.