Benefactives and Malefactives

Typological perspectives and case studies

ORCID logoFernando Zúñiga | University of Zurich
ORCID logoSeppo Kittilä | University of Helsinki
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
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“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.”

Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010000735