LINGUIST List 10.1441

Sun Oct 3 1999

Books: Typological Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Typological Ling - D. Payne, I. Barshi (eds.), External Possession

Message 1: Typological Ling - D. Payne, I. Barshi (eds.), External Possession

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 15:27:13 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Typological Ling - D. Payne, I. Barshi (eds.), External Possession

John Benjamins Publishing has published this new work in Tyopological

External Possession.
Doris L. PAYNE and Immanuel BARSHI (University of Oregon) (eds.)
Typological Studies in Language 39
US & Canada: 
1 55619 652 0 / USD 125.00 (Hardcover); 1 55619 655 5 / USD 34.95 (Paperback)
Rest of world:
90 272 2938 4 / NLG 250.00 (Hardcover); 90 272 2941 4 / NLG 70.00 (Paperback)

External Possession Constructions (EPCs) are found in nearly all parts
of the world and across widely divergent language families. The
data-rich papers in this first-ever volume on EPCs document their
typological variability, explore diachronic reasons for variations,
and investigate their functions and theoretical ramifications. EPCs
code the possessor as a core grammatical relation of the verb and in a
constituent separate from that which contains the possessed
item. Though EPCs express possession, they do so without the necessary
involvement of a possessive predicate such as "have" or "own". In many
cases, EPCs appear to "break the rules" about how many arguments a
verb of a given valence can have. They thus constitute an important
limiting case for evaluating theories of the relationship between
verbal argument structure and syntactic clause structure. They also
raise core questions about intersections among verbal valence,
cognitive event construal, voice, and language processing.

Contributions by: Doris L. Payne; Immanuel Barshi; Murray Singer;
Keiko Uehara; Maura Vel�zquez-Castillo; Martin Haspelmath; Donna
B. Gerdts; Judith Aissen; Hilary Chappell; Jack B. Martin; Pamela
Munro; Mark Baker; Paulette Levy; Roberto Zavala Maldonado; Mark
Donohue; Noel Rude; William McGregor; Ronald P. Schaefer; Mirjam
Fried; Vera I. Podlesskaya; Ekaterina V. Rakhilina; Maria Polinsky;
Bernard Comrie.

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