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LINGUIST List 18.2640

Tue Sep 11 2007

Books: Morphology/Typology: Næss

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Prototypical Transitivity: Næss


Message 1: Prototypical Transitivity: Næss
Date: 10-Sep-2007
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Prototypical Transitivity: Næss
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Title: Prototypical Transitivity
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 72
Published: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2072

Author: Åshild Næss
Hardback: ISBN: 9027229848 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 155.00
Abstract:

This book presents a functional analysis of a notion which has gained
considerable importance in cognitive and functional linguistics over the
last couple of decades, namely 'prototypical transitivity'. It discusses
what prototypical transitivity is, why it should exist, and how it should
be defined, as well as how this definition can be employed in the analysis
of a number of phenomena of language, such as case-marking, experiencer
constructions, and so-called ambitransitives. Also discussed is how a
prototype analysis relates to other approaches to transitivity, such as
that based on markedness. The basic claim is that transitivity is iconic: a
construction with two distinct, independent arguments is prototypically
used to refer to an event with two distinct, independent participants. From
this principle, a unified account of the properties typically associated
with transitivity can be derived, and an explanation for why these
properties tend to correlate across languages can be given.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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