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Title: Clusivity
Subtitle: Typology and case studies of the inclusive–exclusive distinction
Edited By: Elena Filimonova
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2063
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 63

This book presents a collection of papers on clusivity, a newly coined term
for the inclusive–exclusive distinction. Clusivity is a widespread feature
familiar from descriptive grammars and frequently figuring in typological
schemes and diachronic scenarios. However, no comprehensive exploration of
it has been available so far. This book is intended to make the first step
towards a better understanding of the inclusive–exclusive opposition, by
documenting the current linguistic knowledge on the topic.

The issues discussed include the categorial and paradigmatic status of the
opposition, its geographical distribution, realization in free vs bound
pronouns, inclusive imperatives, clusivity in the 2nd person, honorific
uses of the distinction, etc. These case studies are complemented by the
analysis of the opposition in American Sign Language as opposed to spoken
languages. In-depth areal and family surveys of clusivity consider this
opposition in Austronesian, Tibeto-Burman, central-western South American,
Turkic languages, and in Mosetenan and Shuswap.

Table of contents

Preface vii
Elena Filimonova ix–xii

I. Case studies on special problems of the inclusive-exclusive distinction
Understanding inclusives
Michael Daniel 3–48

Inclusive-exclusive as person vs. number categories worldwide
Balthasar Bickel and Johanna Nichols 49–72

Syncretisms involving clusivity
Michael Cysouw 73–111

Only you - Philological investigations into the alleged inclusive-exclusive
distinction in the second person plural
Horst J. Simon 113–150

Inclusive and exclusive in free and bound person forms
Anna Siewierska and Dik Bakker 151–178

Inclusive imperative
Nina Dobrushina and Valentin Goussev 179–211

A typology of honorific uses of clusivity
Michael Cysouw 213–230

Exclusive pronouns in American Sign Language
Kearsy Cormier 231–258

II. Areal and family portraits of the inclusive-exclusive distinction
Inclusive-exclusive in Austronesian: An opposition of unequals
František Lichtenberk 261–289

The inclusive-exclusive distinction in Tibeto-Burman languages
Randy J. LaPolla 291–311

Inclusive-exclusive distinctions in the languages of central-western South
Mily Crevels and Pieter Muysken 313–339

Inclusive and exclusive in Turkic languages
Irina Nevskaya 341–358

Development of an inclusive-exclusive distinction: A possible loan scenario
in Mosetenan
Jeanette Sakel 359–379

The inclusive and exclusive in Shuswap: A background investigation
Jan P.van Eijk 381–397

Clusivity cross-linguistically: Common trends and possible patterns
Elena Filimonova 399–424

Index 425–436

"Let's face it (which is inclusive, while let us isn't), there is now only
one really authoritative source of knowledge about (in/ex) clusivity: this
book, the work of an international team of experts on that category and the
languages that insist on expressing it. No pronouns shelf in a
self-respecting private or public library should be missing it."
Frans Plank, University of Konstanz

"This is a fine, varied collection, which should put the issue of
'clusivity' on the intellectual map."
Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, Guildford

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): Shuswap
Language Family(ies): Austronesian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116441
ISBN-13: 9781588116444
Pages: 436
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