LINGUIST List 32.1341

Thu Apr 15 2021

Books: ''Give'' Constructions across Languages: Bouveret (ed.)

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Date: 07-Apr-2021
From: Karin Plijnaar <>
Subject: ''Give'' Constructions across Languages: Bouveret (ed.)
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Title: "Give" Constructions across Languages
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 29
Published: 2021
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Myriam Bouveret
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260154 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260154 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260154 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208422 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208422 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208422 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 100.70

This cognitive contrastive study of ten languages (Chinese, Dalabon, English, French, Spanish, Romanian, Kurdish, Khmer, Polish, Tibetan) focuses on the concept of giving from six main points of view, namely argument structure, lexical semantics and event structure, role marking in the three argument construction and in other constructions, lexicalization, grammaticalization and constructionalization of the verb from a cognitive construction grammar point of view, and central and extended meanings. It is proposed that a continuum approach to grammar and lexicon is needed in order to describe the typological and historical facts. The volume argues for a concrete and abstract transfer ‘cluster model’ involving coverage of lexical and grammatical extension or bleaching phenomena and that the semantic extensions (metaphorical and otherwise) exploit various portions of this schema. The volume is deeply anchored in the Cognitive Construction Grammar theoretical movement, and proposes analyses of constructional phenomena to illustrate a grammar to lexicon continuum, in synchrony and diachrony: language change, grammaticalization chains, constructionalization analysis, and an invariant hypothesis of giving as a basic activity in human cognition.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng)

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