The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying

| Massey University
ISBN 9789027229571 (Eur) | EUR 135.00
ISBN 9781588112040 (USA) | USD 203.00
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This volume explores properties of ‘sit’, ‘stand’, and ‘lie’ verbs, reflecting three of the most salient postures associated with humans. An introductory chapter by the Editor provides an overview of directions for research into posture verbs. These directions are then explored in detail in a number of languages: Dutch; Korean; Japanese; Lao; Chantyal, Magar (Tibeto-Burman); Chipewyan (Athapaskan); Trumai (spoken in Brazil); Kxoe (Khoisan); Mbay (Nilo-Saharan); Oceanic; Enga, Ku Waru (Papuan); Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Ngan’gityemerri (Australian). The contributors discuss data relevant to many fields of linguistic inquiry, including patterns of lexicalization (e.g., simplex or complex verb forms), morphology (e.g., state vs. action formations), grammaticalization (e.g., extension to locational predicates, aspect markers, auxiliaries, copulas, classifiers), and figurative extension. A final chapter reports on an experimental methodology designed to establish the relevant cognitive parameters underlying speakers’ judgements on the polysemy of English stand. Taken together, the chapters provide a wealth of cross-linguistic data on posture verbs.

[Typological Studies in Language, 51]  2002.  xii, 409 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. A cross-linguistic overview of the posture verbs ‘sit’, ‘stand’, and ‘lie’
John Newman
2. Semantics and combinatorics of ‘sit’, ‘stand’, and ‘lie’ in Lao
N.J. Enfield
3. Action and state interpretations of ‘sit’ in Japanese and English
John Newman and Toshiko Yamaguchi
4. Posture and existence predicates in Dene Suliné (Chipewyan): Lexical and semantic density as a function of the ‘stand’/‘sit’/‘lie’ continuum
Sally Rice
5. Posture verbs in two Tibeto-Burman languages of Nepal
Michael Noonan and Karen Grunow-Hårsta
6. The semantic network of Dutch posture verbs
Maarten Lemmens
7. The syntax and semantics of posture forms in Trumai
Raquel Guirardello-Damian
8. Men stand, women sit: On the grammaticalization of posture verbs in Papuan languages, its bodily basis and cultural correlates
Alan Rumsey
9. Posture, location, existence, and states of being in two Central Australian languages
Cliff Goddard and Jean Harkins
10. Sit right down the back: Serialized posture verbs in Ngan’gityemerri and other Northern Australian languages
Nicholas Reid
11. Posture verbs in Oceanic
Frank Lichtenberk
12. The grammatical evolution of posture verbs in Kxoe
Christa Kilian-Hatz
13. Posture verbs in Mbay
John M. Keegan
14. The posture verbs in Korean: Basic and extended uses
Jae Jung Song
15. Embodied standing and the psychological semantics of stand
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
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