Switch Reference 2.0

| University of Zurich
| The University of Sydney
ISBN 9789027206954 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266774 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Switch reference is a grammatical process that marks a referential relationship between arguments of two (or more) verbs. Typically it has been characterized as an inflection pattern on the verb itself, encoding identity or non-identity between subject arguments separately from traditional person or number marking. In the 50 years since William Jacobsen’s coinage of the term, switch reference has evolved from an exotic phenomenon found in a handful of lesser-known languages to a widespread feature found in geographically and linguistically unconnected parts of the world. The growing body of information on the topic raises new theoretical and empirical questions about the development, functions, and nature of switch reference, as well as the internal variation between different switch-reference systems. The contributions to this volume discuss these and other questions for a wide variety of languages from all over the world, and endevaour to demonstrate the full functional and morphosyntactic range of the phenomenon.
[Typological Studies in Language, 114]  2016.  vi, 503 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Switch reference: An overview
Rik van Gijn
Some non-canonical switch reference systems and the fundamental functions of switch reference
Hilário de Sousa
Is there switch-reference marking in coordinated clauses?
Philipp Weisser
Takic switch reference in Uto-Aztecan perspective
Jane H. Hill
Switch reference in Western South America
Rik van Gijn
Switch reference systems in the Barbacoan languages and their neighbors
Simeon Floyd and Elisabeth Norcliffe
The zero-marked switch-reference system of the Papuan language Iatmul
Gerd Jendraschek
Discourse factors of switch-reference in Whitesands (Oceanic)
Jeremy Hammond
Typologically relevant peculiarities of the switch reference system in Yukaghir
Mark Schmalz
Ėven converbs and the syntax of switch-reference
Dejan Matić
Chickasaw switch-reference revisited
Pamela Munro
More on switch-reference in Kotiria (Wanano, East Tukano)
Kristine Stenzel
Switch-reference and case-marking in Aguaruna (Jivaroan) and beyond
Simon E. Overall
Target, embedding and switch-reference constructions in Kakataibo (Panoan, Peru)
Roberto Zariquiey
Language Index
Author Index
Subject Index
Switch Reference 2.0 is a very welcome addition to the typological literature. Many new insights have been gained since the phenomenon of switch reference was first described, and this volume brings these insights together in a coherent and convincing way. It has also become clear that the phenomenon is much more widespread than originally thought, and this is reflected in the many case studies of languages from all over the globe that the book presents. In all, this book will be of great interest to descriptive linguists, typologists, and theoretical linguists.”
“This collection is a welcome step forward in our understanding of switch-reference systems, picking up the myriad theoretical issues which have come to light since the phenomenon was first brought to general attention by Jacobsen in 1967. It details similarities and differences between switch-reference systems and similar phenomena, and dimensions along which such systems can vary, such as the forms that express them and whether they are primarily syntactically or pragmatically governed. Ranges of variation are illustrated with rich data from languages around the world.”
“The recognition of switch reference as a grammatical system for tracking participants in discourse inaugurated the investigation of reference-tracking systems in general and also led to the discovery of new types of clause linkage. This volume enriches our understanding of typological variation among switch-reference systems, as well as of their geographical distribution. Switch Reference 2.0 makes a very valuable contribution to our knowledge about this important grammatical phenomenon.”
“This collection marks a new watershed in the study of switch-reference. It raises insightful empirical and theoretical challenges to basic longstanding assumptions, even our notion of what switch-reference is. The papers greatly broaden our awareness of SR languages around the world, especially in South America. By linking SR to recent developments and research directions, this volume will prove invaluable not only for researchers on this topic, but on many of the crucial topics that SR informs us about. It also offers a vital starting point for documenters of languages with SR systems.”
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