Åshild Næss

List of John Benjamins publications for which Åshild Næss plays a role.


Prototypical Transitivity

Åshild Næss

[Typological Studies in Language, 72] 2007. x, 240 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics | Typology


This paper examines a comparative construction in the Oceanic language Äiwoo and argues that it differs from those known in the typological literature on comparatives on two counts. It is similar to a so-called ‘exceed’ comparative in involving a morpheme meaning ‘go far’; but unlike canonical… read more | Article
This paper discusses the analysis of a particular class of morphemes in the Oceanic language Äiwoo, and argues that the difficulties in accounting for them in traditional terms such as nominalisation, compounding, relative clauses, or classifiers is due to their status as bound lexical morphemes,… read more | Article
Næss, Åshild. 2011. Case on the margins: Pragmatics and argument marking in Vaeakau-Taumako and beyond. Case, Animacy and Semantic Roles, Kittilä, Seppo, Katja Västi and Jussi Ylikoski (eds.), pp. 305–328
This paper examines the argument-marking system in the Polynesian language Vaeakau-Taumako, which has pragmatically related functions similar to those found e.g. in so-called Differential Object Marking systems, but which does not refer to syntactic relations or semantic roles, the functions… read more | Article
Næss, Åshild. 2009. How transitive are 'eat' and 'drink' verbs?. The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 27–43
This paper examines the transitivity properties of eat and drink verbs crosslinguistically, and shows that they tend not to pattern with prototypical transitive verbs, but show various properties characteristic of intransitives. This is explained in terms of the transitivity model developed in Næss… read more | Article
Næss, Åshild. 2006. Case semantics and the agent-patient opposition. Case, Valency and Transitivity, Kulikov, Leonid, Andrej L. Malchukov and Peter de Swart (eds.), pp. 309–327