Benefactives and Malefactives

Typological perspectives and case studies

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ISBN 9789027206732 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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Benefactives are constructions used to express that a state of affairs holds to someone’s advantage. The same construction sometimes also serves as a malefactive, whose meanings are generally not a simple mirror image of the benefactive. Benefactive constructions cover a wide range of phenomena: malefactive passives, general and specialized benefactive cases and adpositions, serial verb constructions and converbal constructions (including e.g. verbs of giving and taking), benefactive applicatives, and other morphosyntactic strategies. The present book is the first collection of its kind to be published on this topic. It includes both typological surveys and in-depth descriptive studies, exploring both the morphosyntactic properties and the semantic nuances of phenomena ranging from the familiar English double-object construction and the Japanese adversative passive to comparable phenomena found in lesser-known languages of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The book will appeal to typologists and linguists interested in linguistic diversity and it will also be a useful reference work for linguists working on language description.
[Typological Studies in Language, 92]  2010.  x, 440 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction: Benefaction and malefaction from a cross-linguistic perspective
Seppo Kittilä and Fernando Zúñiga
Benefactive applicative periphrases: A typological approach
Denis Creissels
Cross-linguistic categorization of benefactives by event structure: A preliminary framework for benefactive typology
Tomoko Yamashita Smith
An areal and cross-linguistic study of benefactive and malefactive constructions
Paula Radetzky and Tomoko Yamashita Smith
The role of benefactives and related notions in the typology of purpose clauses
Karsten Schmidtke-Bode
Benefactive and malefactive uses of Salish applicatives
Kaoru Kiyosawa and Donna B. Gerdts
Beneficiaries and recipients in Toba (Guaycurú)
Marisa Censabella
Benefactive and malefactive applicativization in Mapudungun
Fernando Zúñiga
The benefactive semantic potential of ‘caused reception’ constructions: A case study of English, German, French, and Dutch
Timothy Colleman
Beneficiary coding in Finnish
Seppo Kittilä
Benefactives in Laz
René Lacroix
Benefactive and malefactive verb extensions in the Koalib very system
Nicolas Quint
Benefactives and malefactives in Gumer (Gurage)
Sascha Völlmin
A “reflexive benefactive” in Chamba-Daka (Adamawa branch, Niger-Congo family)
Raymond Boyd
Beneficiary and other roles of the dative in Tashelhiyt
Christian J. Rapold
Benefactive strategies in Thai
Mathias Jenny
Korean benefactive particles and their meanings
Jae Jung Song
Malefactivity in Japanese
Eijiro Tsuboi
“The best test for a volume of this type - a volume that aims to provide a range of discussions and insights into a particular semantic domain - is whether it helps the reader to learn or think about languages that they are already familiar with. Does it make interesting observations about the semantic domain that could be tested in other languages? Does it raise questions or provide implications about the nature of languages more generally? In my view, this book certainly passes this test. I have drawn from it many useful observations to add to my 'language description toolbox', and I have no doubt other readers will do likewise.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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