Experiential Constructions in Yucatec Maya

A typologically based analysis of a functional domain in a Mayan language

| University of Bremen
ISBN 9789027230973 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027292575 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
This book combines a fieldwork-based language-specific analysis with a typological investigation. It offers a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the form and semantics of experiencer constructions in Yucatec, the Mayan language of the Yucatecan peninsula in Mexico. Since the linguistic expression of experience is not restricted to a specific grammatical area the study touches a great variety of grammatical fields in the language such as argument structure, grammatical relations, possessive constructions, subordinate constructions, etc. The empirical analysis of the Yucatec data is preceded by a thorough examination of the functional domain and the cross-linguistic coding of experience which until now could not be found in the literature. This study will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of typology and Native American linguistics, and especially to those interested in argument structure and the syntax-semantics interface.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 87]  2007.  xiv, 380 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Figures and tables
1. Introduction
2. Theoretical preliminaries
3. Universal and typological aspects of experiential constructions
4. Introduction to Yucatec Maya
5. Experiential constructions
6. Grammatical properties of experiencers
7. Complementation with experiential predicates
8. Person and body parts in experiential collocations
9. Conclusions
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007004707