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Title: The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking
Edited By: John Newman
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 84

This volume reviews a range of fascinating linguistic facts about ingestive
predicates in the world’s languages. The highly multifaceted nature of
‘eat’ and ‘drink’ events gives rise to interesting clausal properties of
these predicates, such as the atypicality of transitive constructions
involving ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ in some languages. The two verbs are also
sources for a large number of figurative uses across languages with
meanings such as ‘destroy’, and ‘savour’, as well as participating in a
great variety of idioms which can be quite opaque semantically.
Grammaticalized extensions of these predicates also occur, such as the
quantificational use of Hausa shaa 'drink’ meaning (roughly) ‘do X
frequently, regularly’. Specialists discuss details of the use of these
verbs in a variety of languages and language families: Australian
languages, Papuan languages, Athapaskan languages, Japanese, Korean, Hausa,
Amharic, Hindi-Urdu, and Marathi.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229988
ISBN-13: 9789027229984
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027290151
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