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Title: Applicative Constructions
Written By: David A. Peterson
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

This book presents the first systematic typological analysis of
applicatives across African, American Indian, and East Asian languages. It
is also the first to address their functions in discourse, the derivation
of their semantic and syntactic properties, and how and why they have
changed over time.

Applicative constructions are typically described as transitivizing because
they allow an intransitive base verb to have a direct object. The term
originates from the seventeenth-century missionary grammars of Uto-Aztecan
languages. Constructions designated as prepositional, benefactive, and
instrumental may refer to the same or similar phenomena. Applicative
constructions have been deployed in the development of a range of syntactic
theories which have then often been used to explain their functions,
usually within the context of Bantu languages. Dr Peterson provides a
wealth of cross-linguistic information on discourse-functional, diachronic,
and typological aspects of applicative constructions. He documents their
unexpected synchronic variety and the diversity of diachronic sources about
them. He argues that many standard assumptions about applicatives are
unfounded, and provides a clear guide for future language-specific and
cross-linguistic research and analysis.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199270929
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 312
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00