Alice Gaby

List of John Benjamins publications for which Alice Gaby plays a role.



Reciprocals and Semantic Typology

Edited by Nicholas Evans, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson and Asifa Majid

[Typological Studies in Language, 98] 2011. viii, 349 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Theoretical linguistics | Typology


Green, Jennifer, Anastasia Bauer, Alice Gaby and Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis 2018 Pointing to the body: Kin signs in Australian Indigenous sign languagesGesture 17:1, pp. 1–36
Kinship plays a central role in organizing interaction and other social behaviors in Indigenous Australia. The spoken lexicon of kinship has been the target of extensive consideration by anthropologists and linguists alike. Less well explored, however, are the kin categories expressed through sign… read more | Article
Gaby, Alice 2016 Hyponymy and the structure of Kuuk Thaayorre kinshipLand and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, Verstraete, Jean-Christophe and Diane Hafner (eds.), pp. 159–178
The Kuuk Thaayorre lexicon of kinship can be divided into four subsystems, each of which is hyponymically related to the others. At the finest level of granularity, the set of referential terms (e.g. kanam ‘[someone’s] elder brother’) distinguishes thirty-four classes of kin. These are hyponyms of… read more | Article
Gaby, Alice 2012 The Thaayorre lexicon of putting and takingEvents of Putting and Taking: A crosslinguistic perspective, Kopecka, Anetta and Bhuvana Narasimhan (eds.), pp. 233–252
This paper investigates the lexical semantics and relative distributions of verbs describing putting and taking events in Kuuk Thaayorre, a Pama-Nyungan language of Cape York (Australia). Thaayorre put/take verbs can be subcategorised according to whether they may combine with an NP encoding a… read more | Article
Evans, Nicholas, Stephen C. Levinson, Alice Gaby and Asifa Majid 2011 1. Introduction: Reciprocals and semantic typologyReciprocals and Semantic Typology, Evans, Nicholas, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson and Asifa Majid (eds.), pp. 1–28
Reciprocity lies at the heart of social cognition, and with it so does the encoding of reciprocity in language via reciprocal constructions. Despite the prominence of strong universal claims about the semantics of reciprocal constructions, there is considerable descriptive literature on the… read more | Article
Gaby, Alice 2011 15. Reciprocal-marked and marked reciprocal events in Kuuk ThaayorreReciprocals and Semantic Typology, Evans, Nicholas, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson and Asifa Majid (eds.), pp. 251–264
Kuuk Thaayorre has a single dedicated reciprocal marker, the verbal suffix -rr. There are, however, a number of alternative strategies for encoding semantically reciprocal events. This chapter outlines the five constructions that may overtly signal reciprocity in an event and explores which… read more | Article
Majid, Asifa, Nicholas Evans, Alice Gaby and Stephen C. Levinson 2011 2. The semantics of reciprocal constructions across languages: An extensional approachReciprocals and Semantic Typology, Evans, Nicholas, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson and Asifa Majid (eds.), pp. 29–60
How similar are reciprocal constructions in the semantic parameters they encode? We investigate this question by using an extensional approach, which examines similarity of meaning by examining how constructions are applied over a set of 64 videoclips depicting reciprocal events (Evans et al. 2004). read more | Article
In Kuuk Thaayorre, ergative marking is of both syntactic and pragmatic import. Syntactically, ergative inflection marks a noun phrase as the subject of a transitive clause. Though this may be considered definitional of an ergative morpheme, Kuuk Thaayorre joins a growing number of languages in… read more | Article