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Title: Benefactives and Malefactives
Subtitle: Typological perspectives and case studies
Edited By: Fernando Zúñiga
Seppo Kittilä
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 92

Benefactives are constructions used to express that a state of affairs
holds to someone’s advantage. The same construction sometimes also serves
as a malefactive, whose meanings are generally not a simple mirror image of
the benefactive. Benefactive constructions cover a wide range of phenomena:
malefactive passives, general and specialized benefactive cases and
adpositions, serial verb constructions and converbal constructions
(including e.g. verbs of giving and taking), benefactive applicatives, and
other morphosyntactic strategies. The present book is the first collection
of its kind to be published on this topic. It includes both typological
surveys and in-depth descriptive studies, exploring both the
morphosyntactic properties and the semantic nuances of phenomena ranging
from the familiar English double-object construction and the Japanese
adversative passive to comparable phenomena found in lesser-known languages
of Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

The book will appeal to typologists and linguists interested in linguistic
diversity and it will also be a useful reference work for linguists working
on language description.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027206732
Prices: U.S. $ 158.00
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288318
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00