Complex Predicates in Q’anjob’al (Maya)
Eladio Mateo Toledo, CIESAS-Sureste
In Complex predicates in Q’anjob’al, Eladio Mateo Toledo presents a description and analysis of resultatives, end-states, monitoring constructions, causatives, and directionals constructions in the Mayan language Q’anjob’al spoken in the northwest of Guatemala. Although causatives (analyzed as clause union) and directionals (analyzed as serial verbs) have long been studied in Mayan languages, no Mayan language has been shown to have an extensive list of complex predicates. The book shows that Q’anjob’al has several complex predicates. The book is the first coherent account of a series of complex predicates in any Mayan language. The book is descriptive in nature, but it argues that Q’anjob’al complex predicates use a verb-verb or nonverbal-verb frame and that only five parameters account for all Q’anjob’al complex predicates.