The NP-strategy for Expressing Reciprocity

Typology, history, syntax and semantics

Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
ISBN 9789027204783 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027261687 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the syntax and semantics of a single linguistic phenomenon – the NP-strategy for expressing reciprocity – in synchronic, diachronic, and typological perspectives. It challenges the assumption common in the typological, syntactic, and semantic literature, namely that so-called reciprocal constructions encode symmetric relations. Instead, they are analyzed as constructions encoding unspecified relations. In effect, it provides a new proposal for the truth-conditional semantics of these constructions. More broadly, this book introduces new ways of bringing together historical linguistics and formal semantics, demonstrating how, on the one hand, the inclusion of historical data concerning the sources of reciprocal constructions enriches their synchronic analysis; and how, on the other hand, an analysis of the syntax and the semantics of these constructions serves as a key for understanding their historical origins.
[Typological Studies in Language, 127] 2020.  xv, 291 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The book thus can serve the needs of a wide range of readership. I encourage everyone with an interest in the natural language encoding of reciprocity to cover the whole book. It takes a unique approach in grouping together different reciprocal constructions under the umbrella term NP-strategy and in the postulation of a uniform, weak semantics for thiw whole class. The result is a novel and highly insightful contribution to the study of reciprocity, which will most probably fertilize the field in several compartments.”
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Cited by 3 other publications

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2024. Verbal strategies for expressing reciprocity – the case of Hebrew. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 9:1 DOI logo
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2022. Reflexivity, reciprocality and collectivity in Jordanian Arabic. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 7:1 DOI logo
Horn, Laurence R.
2021. Ceteris Paribusiness: On the Power of Salient Exceptions. In Inquiries in Philosophical Pragmatics [Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology, 28],  pp. 7 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019049894 | Marc record