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Title: Reciprocals and Semantic Typology
Edited By: Nicholas Evans
Alice Gaby
Stephen Curtis Levinson
Asifa Maji
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 98

Reciprocals are an increasingly hot topic in linguistic research. This reflects the
intersection of several factors: the semantic and syntactic complexity of
reciprocal constructions, their centrality to some key points of linguistic
theorizing (such as Binding Conditions on anaphors within Government and
Binding Theory), and the centrality of reciprocity to theories of social structure,
human evolution and social cognition. No existing work, however, tackles the
question of exactly what reciprocal constructions mean cross-linguistically. Is
there a single, Platonic ‘reciprocal’ meaning found in all languages, or is there a
cluster of related concepts which are nonetheless impossible to characterize in
any single way? That is the central goal of this volume, and it develops and
explains new techniques for tackling this question. At the same time, it
confronts a more general problem facing semantic typology: how to investigate
a category cross-linguistically without pre-loading the definition of the
phenomenon on the basis of what is found in more familiar languages.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027286628
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
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ISBN-13: 9789027206794
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Europe EURO 104.94
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027286628
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00