Reciprocals and Semantic Typology

| Australian National University
| University of California at Berkeley
| Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
| Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027206794 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027286628 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Reciprocals are an increasingly hot topic in linguistic research. This reflects the intersection of several factors: the semantic and syntactic complexity of reciprocal constructions, their centrality to some key points of linguistic theorizing (such as Binding Conditions on anaphors within Government and Binding Theory), and the centrality of reciprocity to theories of social structure, human evolution and social cognition. No existing work, however, tackles the question of exactly what reciprocal constructions mean cross-linguistically. Is there a single, Platonic ‘reciprocal’ meaning found in all languages, or is there a cluster of related concepts which are nonetheless impossible to characterize in any single way? That is the central goal of this volume, and it develops and explains new techniques for tackling this question. At the same time, it confronts a more general problem facing semantic typology: how to investigate a category cross-linguistically without pre-loading the definition of the phenomenon on the basis of what is found in more familiar languages.
[Typological Studies in Language, 98]  2011.  viii, 349 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Reciprocals and semantic typology
Nicholas Evans, Stephen C. Levinson, Alice Gaby and Asifa Majid
2. The semantics of reciprocal constructions across languages: An extensional approach
Asifa Majid, Nicholas Evans, Alice Gaby and Stephen C. Levinson
3. Semantics of Khoekhoe reciprocal constructions
Christian J. Rapold
4. Reciprocal constructions in English: Each other and beyond
Peter Hurst and Rachel Nordlinger
5. Reciprocal constructions in Indo-Pakistani Sign Language
Ulrike Zeshan and Sibaji Panda
6. Mundari reciprocals
Nicholas Evans and Toshiki Osada
7. Description of reciprocal situations in Lao
N.J. Enfield
8. Reciprocal constructions in Mah Meri
Nicole Kruspe
9. The coding of reciprocal events in Jahai
Niclas Burenhult
10. Reciprocals in Yélî Dnye, the Papuan language of Rossel Island
Stephen C. Levinson
11. Reciprocals in Rotokas
Stuart Robinson
12. Expression of reciprocity in Savosavo
Claudia Wegener
13. To have and have not: Kilivila reciprocals
Gunter Senft
14. Strategies for encoding reciprocity in Mawng
Ruth Singer
15. Reciprocal-marked and marked reciprocal events in Kuuk Thaayorre
Alice Gaby
16. Reciprocal constructions in Olutec
Roberto Zavala Maldonado
17. Reciprocal constructions in Tsafiki
Connie Dickinson
18. Reciprocal constructions in Hup
Patience Epps
19. Reciprocals and semantic typology: Some concluding remarks
Ekkehard König
“This book is very important in showing that linguists should look at work in other disciplines on reciprocity to further understand the meaning of 'mutual involvement'.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011013953