Part ofReciprocals and Semantic Typology
Edited by Nicholas Evans, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson and Asifa Majid
[Typological Studies in Language 98] 2011
► pp. 75–90
In this paper we investigate the constructions that are used to encode reciprocal situations in English, based on responses to the 64 reciprocals videoclips developed for the Reciprocals Across Languages project (Evans et al. 2004). This work complements the extensive body of previous research on English reciprocals by focusing on spoken data. While our data supports the traditional view of each other as the primary and most common reciprocal construction in English, we find a greater degree of variation in construction types than this traditional view might suggest. Furthermore, we show that each other does not have the same degree of acceptability with all reciprocal situation types.