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Title: The Typology of Semantic Alignment
Edited By: Mark Donohue
Søren K. Wichmann
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199238385
Description:

Semantic alignment refers to a type of language that has two means of
morphosyntactically encoding the arguments of intransitive predicates,
typically treating these as an agent or as a patient of a transitive
predicate, or else by a means of a treatment that varies according to
lexical aspect. This collection of new typological and case studies is the
first book-length investigation of semantically aligned languages for three
decades. Leading international typologists explore the differences and
commonalities of languages with semantic alignment systems and compare the
structure of these languages to languages without them. They look at how
such systems arise or disappear and provide areal overviews of Eurasia, the
Americas, and the south-west Pacific, the areas where semantically aligned
languages are concentrated. This book will interest typological and
historical linguists at graduate level and above.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199238383
ISBN-13: 9780199238385
Pages: 488
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00