Die medewerkwoord in Afrikaans
Broodryk, Frederik Willem Jacobus
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The distinction between the so-called main and auxiliary verbs in Afrikaans is not drawn in the same manner by all linguists. The conclusions reached often do not take into account the nature and character of the functional differences between the distinctions. The main aim of this study was to gather as much information as possible with regard to this phenomenon -both diachronic and synchronic in character -and to evaluate this in the light of a set of existing linguistic realities: firstly, against generally-accepted linguistic universals; secondly, the manifestation of the phenomenon in various Germanic daughter languages; and, thirdly, the realization of it in the everyday use of Afrikaans. The compilation of the broad background of universals is an attempt to situate the complex nature of this phenomenon against a broader linguistic perspective with reference to general views about language, the notion of word, and particularly views about the verb. The interplay between the background material and the close scrutiny of individual pronouncements and findings ought to stimulate a fresh interest and prompt the revaluation of the entire phenomenon. It appears from existing information as if the present model dealing with the distinctions between main and auxiliary verbs is based on several erroneous interpretations which, in turn, are based on inherited diachronic remnants. The resultant distinctions are thus determined by this faulty model. The argument is concluded by indicating why – in modern times – these misconceptions regarding the application and meaning of the phenomenon have arisen. The conclusions reached are then again briefly placed in a historic perspective.
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