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Title: Impersonal Constructions
Subtitle: A cross-linguistic perspective
Edited By: Andrej L. Malchukov
Anna Siewierska
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 124

This volume offers a much needed typological perspective on impersonal
constructions, which are here viewed broadly as constructions lacking a
referential subject. The contributions to this volume deal with all types of
impersonality, namely constructions featuring nonagentive subjects, including
those with experiential predicates (A-impersonals), presentational
constructions with a notional subject deficient in topicality (T-impersonals),
and constructions with a notional subject lacking in referential properties (R-
impersonals), i.e. both meteo-constructions and man-constructions. The
typological discussion benefits from a good coverage of impersonality in
European languages, but also includes considerations of several African,
American, South-East Asian, Australian, and Oceanic languages. The
variation in the cross-linguistic realization of impersonality and the diachronic
pathways leading to and from impersonality documented in this volume point
to a novel perspective on impersonals as transitional structures or an
intermediate stage of a more basic diachronic change be it from transitive to
intransitive, or from active to passive, or participant-to event-centered

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287168
Prices: U.S. $ 158.00
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ISBN-13: 9789027205919
Prices: U.K. £ 105.00
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