Author(s): Eyüp BACANLI
South Siberian Turkic languages are remarkable with their varied verbal combinations. Many compound and pseudo-compound verbs are combined to each other by converbs whose grammatical and lexical statuses are different from one another. Such compound and pseudo-compound structures may be examples for mixed verb combinations, lexicalization of mixed verb combinations, adverbialization or postpositionalization of a verb with a converb, grammaticalization of such adverbs or postpositions, actional phrases with auxiliaries and lexicalization of such actional phrases. This paper will shed light on these complex structures theoretically, and by examining the distinct characterizations that appear in the literature within the field of verbal combinations, it will suggest ways as to how correct grammatical and lexical characterizations should be.