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  1. paul, The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying

Message 1: The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying

Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 15:50:05 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying

Title: The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins

Editor: John Newman 

Hardback: ISBN: 9027229570, Pages: xii, 409 pp., Price: EUR 120.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112047, Pages: xii, 409 pp., Price: USD 108.00

This volume explores properties of "sit", "stand", and "lie" verbs,
reflecting three of the most salient postures associated with
humans. An introductory chapter by the Editor provides an overview of
directions for research into posture verbs. These directions are then
explored in detail in a number of languages: Dutch; Korean; Japanese;
Lao; Chantyal, Magar (Tibeto-Burman); Chipewyan (Athapaskan); Trumai
(spoken in Brazil); Kxoe (Khoisan); Mbay (Nilo-Saharan); Oceanic;
Enga, Ku Waru (Papuan); Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Ngan'gityemerri
(Australian). The contributors discuss data relevant to many fields of
linguistic inquiry, including patterns of lexicalization (e.g.,
simplex or complex verb forms), morphology (e.g., state vs. action
formations), grammaticalization (e.g., extension to locational
predicates, aspect markers, auxiliaries, copulas, classifiers), and
figurative extension. A final chapter reports on an experimental
methodology designed to establish the relevant cognitive parameters
underlying speakers' judgements on the polysemy of English
stand. Taken together, the chapters provide a wealth of
cross-linguistic data on posture verbs.

Table of Contents

Preface vii 
1. A cross-linguistic overview of the posture verbs "sit", "stand",
 and "lie"
 John Newman 1 
2. Semantics and combinatorics of "sit", "stand", and "lie" in Lao 
 Nick J. Enfield 25 
3. Action and state interpretations of "sit" in Japanese and English 
 John Newman and Toshiko Yamaguchi 43 
4. Posture and existence predicates in Dene Suline (Chipewyan):
 Lexical and semantic density as a function of the "stand"/"sit/"lie"
 Sally Rice 61 
5. Posture verbs in two Tibeto-Burman languages of Nepal 
 Michael Noonan and Karen Grunow-Harsta 79 
6. The semantic network of Dutch posture verbs 
 Maarten Lemmens 103 
7. The syntax and semantics of posture forms in Trumai 
 Raquel Guirardello-Damian 141 
8. Men stand, women sit: On the grammaticalization of posture verbs in
 Papuan languages, its bodily basis and cultural correlates
 Alan L. Rumsey 179 
9. Posture, location, existence, and states of being in two Central
 Australian languages
Cliff Goddard and Jean Harkins 213 
10. Sit right down the back: Serialized posture verbs in
 Ngan'gityemerri and other Northern Australian languages
 Nicholas Reid 239 
11. Posture verbs in Oceanic 
 Frank Lichtenberk 269 
12. The grammatical evolution of posture verbs in Kxoe 
 Christa Kilian-Hatz 315 
13. Posture verbs in Mbay 
 John M. Keegan 333 
14. The posture verbs in Korean: Basic and extended uses 
 Jae Jung Song 359 
15. Embodied standing and the psychological semantics of stand 
 Raymond W. Gibbs Jr. 387 
Index 401

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