The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking

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| University of Alberta
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This volume reviews a range of fascinating linguistic facts about ingestive predicates in the world’s languages. The highly multifaceted nature of ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ events gives rise to interesting clausal properties of these predicates, such as the atypicality of transitive constructions involving ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ in some languages. The two verbs are also sources for a large number of figurative uses across languages with meanings such as ‘destroy’, and ‘savour’, as well as participating in a great variety of idioms which can be quite opaque semantically. Grammaticalized extensions of these predicates also occur, such as the quantificational use of Hausa shaa 'drink’ meaning (roughly) ‘do X frequently, regularly’. Specialists discuss details of the use of these verbs in a variety of languages and language families: Australian languages, Papuan languages, Athapaskan languages, Japanese, Korean, Hausa, Amharic, Hindi-Urdu, and Marathi.
[Typological Studies in Language, 84]  2009.  xii, 280 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii–xii
A cross-linguistic overview of 'eat' and 'drink'
John Newman
1–26
How transitive are 'eat' and 'drink' verbs?
Åshild Næss
27–43
Quirky alternations of transitivity: The case of ingestive predicates
Mengistu Amberber
45–63
All people eat and drink. Does this mean that 'eat' and 'drink' are universal human concepts?
Anna Wierzbicka
65–89
'Eating', 'drinking' and 'smoking': A generic verb and its semantics in Manambu
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
91–108
Athapaskan eating and drinking verbs and constructions
Sally Rice
109–152
The semantic evolution of 'eat'-expressions: Ways and byways
Peter Edwin Hook and Prashant Pardeshi
153–172
Literal and figurative uses of Japanese 'eat' and 'drink'
Toshiko Yamaguchi
173–193
What (not) to eat or drink: Metaphor and metonymy of eating and drinking in Korean
Jae Jung Song
195–227
Metaphorical extensions of 'eat' --> [OVERCOME] and 'drink' --> [UNDERGO] in Hausa
Philip J. Jaggar and Malami Buba
229–251
Amharic 'eat' and 'drink' verbs
John Newman and Daniel Aberra
253–271
Author index
273–275
Language index
277–278
Subject index
279–280
“This volume is the third in a set edited by John Newman exploring the conceptualizations of basic and universal human activities such as giving; sitting, standing and lying; and eating and drinking, and the effects they have on language development: how they are coded, and what sorts of metaphorically-based grammaticalizations develop from the forms used to code these activities. This work is important in that it looks at fine details of structure and conceptualization in several languages not often covered in standard grammars, and adds greatly to the literature on ethnosyntax, that is, literature establishing the connections among cognition, social behaviour, and linguistic structure. In that it will be of value not only to linguists, but to anthropologists, psychologists, and sociologists as well.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008045268