Similative and Equative Constructions

A cross-linguistic perspective

| LLACAN (CNRS, INALCO, Université Sorbonne Paris-Cité)
| LLACAN (CNRS, INALCO, Université Sorbonne Paris-Cité)
ISBN 9789027206985 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027265975 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
While comparative constructions have been extensively studied in the past decades, the expression of equality and similarity has so far attracted little attention in the typological literature. The fifteen contributions assembled in this volume study similative and equative constructions in typologically and genetically distant languages, albeit with a focus on Africa, and from a range of perspectives. Purely synchronically oriented case studies are supplemented by contributions that also shed light on the diachronic development of similative and equative constructions in language contact situations. Sources of similative morphemes and lexically expressed concepts of likeness are examined, and little-known multifunctionality patterns and grammaticalisation targets of similative morphemes – such as purpose clause markers, modality morphemes and markers of glottonyms – are discussed. Based on a sample of 119 languages worldwide, a new typology of equative constructions is proposed. The book should be of interest to typologists, semanticists, specialists of grammaticalization, historical linguistics and syntax.
[Typological Studies in Language, 117]  2017.  vi, 437 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Yvonne Treis and Martine Vanhove
Part I. Typology and grammaticalisation
Chapter 1. Equative constructions in world-wide perspective
Martin Haspelmath and The Leipzig Equative Constructions Team
Chapter 2. Toward a cognitive typology oflike-expressions
Wolfgang Schulze
Chapter 3. Similarity, suitability, and non-epistemic modalities (volitionality, ability, and obligation)
Denis Creissels
Chapter 4. Similative morphemes as purpose clause markers in Ethiopia and beyond
Yvonne Treis
Chapter 5. The deictic identification of similarity
Ekkehard König
Part II. Case studies from around the world
Chapter 6. Comparison, similarity and simulation in Zaar, a Chadic language of Nigeria
Bernard Caron
Chapter 7. Similative, equative, and comparative constructions in Beja (North-Cushitic)
Martine Vanhove
Chapter 8. Expressing comparison in Gbaya, a Ubangian language of the Central African Republic
Paulette Roulon-Doko
Chapter 9. Expressing similarity in Yulu and other Sara-Bongo-Bagirmi languages (Central Africa)
Pascal Boyeldieu
Chapter 10. Similarity, equality and the like in North Saami
Jussi Ylikoski
Chapter 11. Comparative, similative, and equative constructions in Mon: Form, function, and development
Mathias Jenny
Chapter 12. Multifunctionality and polysemy of the similative marker =kánin Pesh
Claudine Chamoreau
Part III. Similative constructions and language contact
Chapter 13. Similative morphemes and their grammaticalisations in Yemsa
Silvia Zaugg-Coretti
Chapter 14. The morpheme ‑(ä)ŋäin Xamtanga: Functions and grammaticalisation targets
Chloé Darmon
Chapter 15. Similarity and related functions in Libido
Joachim Crass
Language index
Name Index
Subject index
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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