LINGUIST List 31.1501

Fri May 01 2020

Books: The NP-strategy for Expressing Reciprocity: Bar-Asher Siegal

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Date: 30-Apr-2020
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: The NP-strategy for Expressing Reciprocity: Bar-Asher Siegal
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Title: The NP-strategy for Expressing Reciprocity
Subtitle: Typology, history, syntax and semantics
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 127
Published: 2020
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/tsl.127

Author: Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261687 Pages: 291 Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261687 Pages: 291 Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261687 Pages: 291 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204783 Pages: 291 Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204783 Pages: 291 Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204783 Pages: 291 Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Abstract:

This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the syntax and semantics of a single linguistic phenomenon – the NP-strategy for expressing reciprocity – in synchronic, diachronic, and typological perspectives. It challenges the assumption common in the typological, syntactic, and semantic literature, namely that so-called reciprocal constructions encode symmetric relations. Instead, they are analyzed as constructions encoding unspecified relations. In effect, it provides a new proposal for the truth-conditional semantics of these constructions. More broadly, this book introduces new ways of bringing together historical linguistics and formal semantics, demonstrating how, on the one hand, the inclusion of historical data concerning the sources of reciprocal constructions enriches their synchronic analysis; and how, on the other hand, an analysis of the syntax and the semantics of these constructions serves as a key for understanding their historical origins.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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