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LINGUIST List 22.3463

Sat Sep 03 2011

Books: Semantics/Ling Theories: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , Reciprocals and Semantic Typology: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)

Message 1: Reciprocals and Semantic Typology: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)
Date: 03-Sep-2011
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Reciprocals and Semantic Typology: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)
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Title: Reciprocals and Semantic Typology
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 98
Published: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/tsl.98

Editor: Nicholas Evans
Editor: Alice Gaby
Editor: Stephen C. Levinson
Editor: Asifa Maji
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027286628 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027286628 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206794 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206794 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206794 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

Reciprocals are an increasingly hot topic in linguistic research. This reflects the
intersection of several factors: the semantic and syntactic complexity of
reciprocal constructions, their centrality to some key points of linguistic
theorizing (such as Binding Conditions on anaphors within Government and
Binding Theory), and the centrality of reciprocity to theories of social structure,
human evolution and social cognition. No existing work, however, tackles the
question of exactly what reciprocal constructions mean cross-linguistically. Is
there a single, Platonic 'reciprocal' meaning found in all languages, or is there a
cluster of related concepts which are nonetheless impossible to characterize in
any single way? That is the central goal of this volume, and it develops and
explains new techniques for tackling this question. At the same time, it
confronts a more general problem facing semantic typology: how to investigate
a category cross-linguistically without pre-loading the definition of the
phenomenon on the basis of what is found in more familiar languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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