LINGUIST List 13.697

Thu Mar 14 2002

Books: Ethiosemitic Languages

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, New books: Ethiosemitic languages: Verb Classes and Transitivity in Amharic

Message 1: New books: Ethiosemitic languages: Verb Classes and Transitivity in Amharic

Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 15:50:55 +0100
Subject: New books: Ethiosemitic languages: Verb Classes and Transitivity in Amharic

Verb Classes and Transitivity in Amharic
The University of New South Wales

The book provides a detailed analysis of verb classes and transitivity
alternations in the Ethiosemitic language Amharic. It investigates the
lexical-semantic and morphosyntactic properties of a number of
constructions including causatives, passives, applicatives, and
experiencer predicates.
The lexical semantic analysis of the verbs appeals to the theory of
Conceptual Semantics as developed by Ray Jackendoff. Thus, the study
assumes a decompositional approach to the meaning of lexical items in
which the meaning of a given lexical item is decomposed into smaller
universal conceptual primitives. Each chapter begins with a succinct
introduction of the Amharic data under investigation and a concise
statement of the theoretically relevant issues. 
Then the Amharic data is analysed within a cross-linguistic context in
order to uncover deep and underlying grammatical properties. The book
would interest theoretical and descriptive linguists studying the
interface between lexical semantics and morphosyntax. As it explores the
relationship between conceptual structure and language, the book would
also be of interest to psycholinguists and researchers interested in the
mental lexicon.

ISBN 3 89586 404 8. 
LINCOM Studies in Afro-Asiatic Linguistics 06. 
Ca. 116pp. USD 44 / EUR 46 / � 31. 

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