LINGUIST List 22.3463

Sat Sep 03 2011

Books: Semantics/Ling Theories: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , Reciprocals and Semantic Typology: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)

Message 1: Reciprocals and Semantic Typology: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)
Date: 03-Sep-2011
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Reciprocals and Semantic Typology: Evans, Gaby, Levinson, Maji (Eds)
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Title: Reciprocals and Semantic Typology Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 98 Published: 2011 Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Nicholas Evans Editor: Alice Gaby Editor: Stephen C. Levinson Editor: Asifa Maji Electronic: ISBN: 9789027286628 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027286628 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206794 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206794 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206794 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94

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

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories                             Semantics                             Syntax                             Typology
Written In: English (eng )

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