Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0920-9034
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9870
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Hitherto it has been believed that serial verb constructions were not found in the French Creoles of the Indian Ocean. In fact, there exists a wide variety of such constructions in both Morisyen and Seselwa; extensive examples from Seselwa are provided. However, for less basilectal speakers, such constructions must carry on each verb a tense marker which is identical to that on the matrix verb. This fact, together with the misanalysis of Seselwa i as a reprise pronoun, served to disguise the nature of Seselwa serials. The data surveyed has significant consequences for future studies of creoles and for theories of creole origins.


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