Akoose exhibits light verbs, which have a nontrivial bearing on the resultant syntactic structures and word order in the language. In constructions involving the complex VP, the post-verbal NP undergoes object shift (OS) once a light verb is introduced in the structure. This process in turn changes the word order in the language from SVO to SOV, stranding the verb in sentence final position (leaving a transitive verb without its complement). The paper seeks to establish the rationale for OS in the language; t…
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