LINGUIST List 11.746

Sat Apr 1 2000

Books: Functional/Typological Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Functional/Typological Ling: Reflexives, Recipricals

Message 1: Functional/Typological Ling: Reflexives, Recipricals

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 11:53:19 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Functional/Typological Ling: Reflexives, Recipricals

John Benjamins Publishing announces two new works in Functional & 
Typological Linguistics both edited by Zygmunt Frajzyngier & Traci Curl:

Reflexives.
Forms and functions.
Zygmunt FRAJZYNGIER, and Traci S. CURL (University of Colorado) (eds.)
Typological Studies in Language 40
US & Canada: 1 55619 653 9 / USD 85.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2939 2 / NLG 170.00 (Hardcover)

The importance of reflexive markers in the study of language structure
cannot be underestimated: they participate in the coding of the
argument structure of a clause; in the coding of semantic relations
between arguments and verbs; in the coding of the relationship between
arguments; in the coding of aspect; in the coding of point of view;
and in the Coding of the information structure of a clause.

The present volume offers an approach to reflexive forms and functions
from several perspectives: a formal approach where reflexives are
discussed within a well-defined model of language representation; a
typological approach; a historical approach concentrating on
grammaticalization of reflexives and on the changes that pronouns and
anaphors undergo; and a functionalist approach where functions of
reflexive forms are described. The languages from which data were
drawn represent a wide variety of language families and language
types: English, Old English, Dutch, German, Tsakhur
(Nakh-Dagestanian), Spanish, French, Bantu and Chadic languages. The
variety of languages discussed and the different approaches taken
complement each other in that each contributes an important piece to
the understanding of reflexives in a cross-linguistic perspective.

Contributions by: E. Reuland; E. K´┐Żnig and P. Siemund; W. Abraham; M.
Schladt; Z. Frajzyngier; R. Maldonado; E. van Gelderen;
E.A. Lyutikova; R. Waltereit.

Reciprocals.
Forms and functions.
FRAJZYNGIER, Zygmunt and Traci S. CURL (University of Colorado) (eds)
Typological Studies in Language 41
US & Canada: 1 55619 654 7 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
90 272 2940 Rest of world: / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

The theoretical issues addressed in the present volume are semantic
and cognitive properties of reciprocal events, syntactic properties of
reciprocals, and the relationship of reciprocals to other grammatical
categories. Several papers discuss the history of reciprocal
constructions, offering alternative hypotheses regarding the
grammaticalization of reciprocals. The formal, functional, typological
and historical approaches in the present volume complement each other,
contributing together to the understanding of forms, and syntactic and
semantic properties of reciprocal markers. Several papers in the
present volume make a double contribution to the problems of
reciprocal constructions: they provide new descriptive data and they
address theoretical issues at the same time.

The languages discussed include: English, Dutch, German, Greek,
Polish, Nyulnyulan (Australia), Amharic (Ethio-Semitic), Bilin
(Cushitic), Chadic languages, Bantu, Halkomelem (Salishan), Mandarin,
Yukaghir and a number of Oceanic languages. The volume also includes a
study of grammaticalization of reciprocals and reflexives in African
languages.

Contributions by: Bernd Heine; Martin Everaert; Frank Lichtenberk;
Meichun Liu; William McGregor; Donna Gerdts; Elena Maslova; and
Zygmunt Frajzyngier.




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