Typology of Pluractional Constructions in the Languages of the World
Simone Mattiola | University of Bologna
The aim of this book is to give the first large-scale typological investigation of pluractionality in the languages of the world. Pluractionality is defined as the morphological modification of the verb to express a plurality of situations that can additionally involve a plurality of participants and/or spaces. Based on a 246-language sample, the main characteristics of pluractionality are described and discussed throughout the book. Firstly, a description of the functions that pluractional markers cross-linguistically express is presented and the relationships occurring among them are explained through the semantic map model. Then, the marking strategies that languages display to express such functions are illustrated and some issues concerning the formal identification are briefly discussed as well. The typological generalizations are corroborated showing how pluractional markers work in three specific languages (Akawaio, Beja, Maa). In conclusion, the theoretical conceptualization of pluractionality is discussed referring to the Radical Construction Grammar approach.
[Typological Studies in Language, 125] 2019. xxiv, 237 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of tables | pp. xi–xii
List of figures | pp. xiii–xiv
List of maps | pp. xv–xvi
List of abbreviations | pp. xvii–xxii
Acknowledgements | pp. xxiii–xxiv
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–18
Chapter 2. The semantic domain of pluractional constructions | pp. 19–64
Chapter 3. The morpho-syntax of pluractional constructions | pp. 65–94
Chapter 4. Pluractional constructions: Some case studies | pp. 95–142
Chapter 5. Pluractional constructions in cross-linguistic perspective | pp. 143–166
Chapter 6. Conclusions | pp. 167–170
Appendix I. Language sample | pp. 171–182
Appendix II. Pluractional constructions of the languages of the sample | pp. 183–216
References | pp. 217–234
Index | pp. 235–238
“[This book] contains a high quality study of pluractionality and contributes much to the understanding of the phenomenon in question. It will become a necessary resource for anyone whose research interests lie in the field of verbal aspect and pluractionality. A lot of accurate observations made by the author will definitely inspire future researchers interested in deeper semantic investigations, since the book brings to light many puzzles associated with non-standard models of polysemy (causative/pluractional polysemy, emphasis readings etc.). Any future research of this phenomenon will certainly have to take the present book into consideration, and it can be recommended both for specialists in typology and scholars who are interested in particular language families.”
Vadim Dyachkov, Russian Academy of Science, on Linguist List 31.1121 (23/03/2020)
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2019004254 | Marc record