Grammatical Functions of Verbs in Child Language

Baiba Ivulāne
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, University of Latvia, Latvia


The article explores the division of grammatical functions of verbs that, according to the author, is the most suitable for the general Latvian language system and illustrates this division with practical examples of language use. Respectively, all verbs are divided into two groups according to their grammatical functions – independent verbs and auxiliary verbs. All groups of verbs used with an auxiliary meaning are explored – auxiliary verbs, copulas and modal verbs. This division of verbs is based on the grammaticalization of the verbs, since, formerly, verbs, now used in auxiliary sense, were used in a substantive meaning and only gradually acquired their auxiliary meaning. Lasīt vairāk "Grammatical Functions of Verbs in Child Language"