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Title: Motion, Direction and Location in Languages
Subtitle: In honor of Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Edited By: Erin Shay
Uwe Seibert
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL_56
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 56

This book contributes to an area of study that is of interest to linguists of all backgrounds. Typological in nature this volume presents data analysis from the major language families of Africa as well as Sino-Tibetan, Austronesian, Japanese, Indo-European, Siouan and Penutian. The 16 contributors to the volume share a commitment to examining the language phenomena pertaining to the volume’s theme with a fresh eye. While most of the papers make reference to existing theoretical frameworks, each also makes a novel and sometimes surprising contribution to the body of knowledge and theory concerning motional, directional and locational predicates, complements, morphology, adpositions and other phenomena. This collection of articles suitably complements courses on comparative and diachronic linguistics, semantics, syntax, typology, or field methods.

Table of contents

Dedication vii
Editors’ Introduction ix
Zygmunt Frajzyngier * April 3, 1938
Erin Shay 1–4
Zygmunt Frajzyngier’s contributions to the study of language structure
Uwe Seibert 5–18
The myth of doubly governing prepositions in German
Werner Abraham 19–38
Localisation et mouvement dans le syntagme verbal du groupe tchadique central
Véronique de Colombel 39–50
Left, right, and the cardinal directions: Some thoughts on consistency and usage
Bernard Comrie 51–58
Location and direction in Klamath
Scott DeLancey 59–90
Locatives as core constituents
Gerrit J. Dimmendaal 91–109 ‘Come’and ‘go’ as discourse connectors in Kera and other Chadic languages
Karen Ebert 111–122
Altrilocality in Tangale and Tuareg: A common heritage feature?
Herrmann Jungraithmayr 123–128
Location and motion in !Xun (Namibia)
Christa König and Bernd Heine 129–150
Directionality and displaced directionality in Toqabaqita
František Lichtenberk 151–175
Motion, direction and spatial configuration: A lexical semantic study of ‘hang’ verbs in Mandarin
Mei-chun Liu 177–187
Coding location, motion and direction in Old Babylonian Akkadian
Adrian Macelaru 189–210
Motion events in Chantyal
Michael Noonan 211–234
Locative prepositions in Chadic: Lexical or grammatical morphemes
Nina Pawlak 235–254
Two Lakhota locatives and the role of introspection in linguistic analysis
David S. Rood 255–258
Directional verbs in Japanese
Masayoshi Shibatani 259–286
L’encodage de la localisation, de la direction et du mouvement dans les langues << Kotoko >> du Cameroun
Henry Tourneux 287–297
Index 299–303

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Subject Language(s): Afade
Chinese, Mandarin
Arabic, Chadian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114422
ISBN-13: 9781588114426
Pages: xvi, 305 pp.
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229643
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xvi, 305 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00