John Newman

List of John Benjamins publications for which John Newman plays a role.


The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking

Edited by John Newman

[Typological Studies in Language, 84] 2009. xii, 280 pp.
Subjects Theoretical linguistics | Typology
Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Typology

The Linguistics of Giving

Edited by John Newman

[Typological Studies in Language, 36] 1998. xv, 373 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Semantics | Typology


When collected methodically through elicitation experiments, invented examples prompted by a cue word provide evidence for how speakers think about that word. This study explores characteristics of Mandarin chī ‘eat’ sentences obtained through an elicitation experiment and SMS, newspaper, and… read more
This paper explores patterns of co-occurrence of selected subject pronouns (I, you, she, he) with past, present, and future tense uses of English verbs, with a focus on give, send, and bring. Statistically significant overuse and underuse of the subject pronouns are determined by reference to… read more
Newman, John 2009 A cross-linguistic overview of 'eat' and 'drink'The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 1–26 | Article
This chapter provides an overview of the range of linguistic properties associated with ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ verbs across languages and serves as an introduction to the whole volume. The chapter covers the lexicalization of these concepts and the syntax associated with ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ constructions.… read more
Newman, John 2009 English posture verbs: An experientially grounded approachAnnual Review of Cognitive Linguistics: Volume 7, Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José (ed.), pp. 30–57 | Article
This paper considers a number of linguistic properties of English SIT, STAND, and LIE which are argued to be the cardinal posture verbs of English. The distinctiveness of just these three posture verbs is evidenced by their relatively high frequency within the class of posture verbs in English and… read more
Newman, John and Daniel Aberra 2009 Amharic 'eat' and 'drink' verbsThe Linguistics of Eating and Drinking, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 253–271 | Article
‘Eat’ and ‘drink’ verbs in Amharic (Semitic) have a number of interesting linguistic properties. The basic morphosyntactic properties of these verbs in Amharic are reviewed, including the unusual patterning of these verbs in causative constructions, as remarked upon by Amberber (this volume) and… read more
Newman, John and Sally Rice 2008 1. Asymmetry in English multi-verb sequences: A corpus-based approachAsymmetric Events, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara (ed.), pp. 3–23 | Article
The English V and V construction provides an ideal opportunity to study asymmetry in the properties of the verbs which enter into each of the two verb slots of this construction. This paper explores the asymmetry evident in this construction by utilizing two corpora of spoken and written New… read more
Newman, John and Toshiko Yamaguchi 2002 3. Action and state interpretations of ‘sit’ in Japanese and EnglishThe Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 43–59 | Chapter
Newman, John 1998 Recipients and ‘give’ constructionsThe Dative: Volume 2: Theoretical and contrastive studies, Van Langendonck, Willy and William Van Belle (eds.), pp. 1 ff. | Article
Newman, John 1998 The origin of the German es gibt constructionThe Linguistics of Giving, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 307 ff. | Article
Posture verbs have attracted considerable interest within Cognitive Linguistics. This study continues this line of research by investigating usage-based patterns associated with these verbs when used in their literal posture senses. The data for the study comes from the Lancaster Corpus of… read more