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Title: The Grammar of Causation and Interpersonal Manipulation
Edited By: Masayoshi Shibatani
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language

This volume presents fifteen original papers dealing with various aspects of causative constructions ranging from morphology to semantics with emphasis on language data from Central and South America. Informed by a better understanding of how different constructions are positioned both synchronically (e.g., on a semantic map) and diachronically (e.g., through grammaticalization processes), the volume affords a comprehensive up-to-date perspective on the perennial issues in the grammar of causation such as the distribution of competing causative morphemes, the meaning distinctions among them, and the overall form-meaning correlation. Morphosyntactic interactions of causatives with other phenomena such as incorporation and applicativization receive focused attention as such basic issues as the semantic distinction between direct and indirect causation and the typology of causative constructions.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Philip W. Davis xi
Abbreviations xiii
Introduction: Some basic issues in the grammar of causation
Masayoshi Shibatani 1
Cooperation and interpersonal manipulation in the society of intimates
T. Givón and Phil Young 23
Verbs of interpersonal causality and the folk theory of mind and behavior
Bertram F. Malle 57
The causative continuum
Masayoshi Shibatani and Prashant Pardeshi 85
Causation, constructions, and language ecology: An example from French
Michel Achard 127
Tarascan causatives and event complexity
Ricardo Maldonado and E. Fernando Nava 157
Some constraints on Cora causative constructions
Verónica Vázquez Soto 197
Olutec causatives and applicatives
Roberto Zavala 245
On some causative doublets in Classical Nahuatl
Michel Launey 301
The notion of transfer in Sikuani causatives
Francisco ueixalós 319
Causative constructions in Akawaio
Anatol Stefanowitsch 341
Causation in Matses (Panoan, Amazonian Peru)
David W. Fleck 373
Causativization and transitivity in Shipibo-Konibo
Pilar M. Valenzuela 417
Causatives in Asheninka: The case for a sociative source
David Payne 485
Guaraní causative constructions
Maura Velázquez-Castillo 507
Index 535

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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