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LINGUIST List 20.1752

Wed May 06 2009

Books: Typology/Syntax/Morphology/Semantics: Dimmendaal (Ed)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Coding Participant Marking: Dimmendaal (Ed)

Message 1: Coding Participant Marking: Dimmendaal (Ed)
Date: 06-May-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Coding Participant Marking: Dimmendaal (Ed)
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Title: Coding Participant Marking
Subtitle: Construction types in twelve African languages
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 110
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%20110

Editor: Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289612 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289612 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205773 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205773 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Abstract:

Whereas Africa as a typological area is often associated with extensive
verb morphology and verb serialization, this collection of studies shows
that there is tremendous typological diversity at the clausal level. Verb
serialization in the Khoisan area contrasts with extensive case-marking in
languages of northeastern Africa, which also use converbs and light verb
plus coverb constructions. Although the categorial distinction between
nouns and verbs is generally clear in African languages, a number of them
nevertheless provide intricate analytical challenges in this respect.
Whereas some languages are strongly head marking at the clausal level,
others manifest an interesting mixture of alternative strategies for the
coding of participants. The analysis of information packaging, and related
issues such as split ergativity, Differential Object Marking, and
discourse-configurational properties also play a role in several
contributions. The collection contains not only innovative analyses for the
respective language families these languages belong to, but also material
relevant for the current debate in theoretical linguistics concerning
lexical specification as against construction-based approaches towards
argument structure.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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