The Typology Of Semantic Alignment

Hardcover | January 24, 2008

EditorMark Donohue, Soren Wichmann

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Semantic alignment refers to a type of language that has two means of morphosyntactically encoding the arguments of intransitive predicates, typically treating these as an agent or as a patient of a transitive predicate, or else by a means of a treatment that varies according to lexicalaspect. This collection of new typological and case studies is the first book-length investigation of semantically aligned languages for three decades. Leading international typologists explore the differences and commonalities of languages with semantic alignment systems and compare the structureof these languages to languages without them. They look at how such systems arise or disappear and provide areal overviews of Eurasia, the Americas, and the south-west Pacific, the areas where semantically aligned languages are concentrated. This book will interest typological and historicallinguists at graduate level and above.

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Semantic alignment refers to a type of language that has two means of morphosyntactically encoding the arguments of intransitive predicates, typically treating these as an agent or as a patient of a transitive predicate, or else by a means of a treatment that varies according to lexicalaspect. This collection of new typological and cas...

Mark Donohue is a Professor at Monash University, in Melbourne. His published work includes articles in Language, Studies in Language, Australian Journal of Linguistics, and Oceanic Linguistics, and four books. Soren Wichmann is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, and an Assistant ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:January 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I Introductory and General1. Soren Wichmann: The Study of Semantic Alignment: retrospect and state of the art2. Mark Donohue: Semantic Alignment Systems: what's what and what's not3. Andrej Malchukov: Split Intransitives, Experiencer Objects, and 'Transimpersonal' Constructions: (re-)establishing the connection4. Peter Arkadiev: Thematic Roles, Event Structure, and Argument Encoding in Semantically Aligned LanguagesPart II Eurasia5. Johanna Nichols: Why are Stative-Active Languages Rare in Eurasia? Typological Perspective on Split Subject Marking6. Edward J. Vajda: Losing Semantic Alignment: From Proto-Yeniseic to Modern Ket7. Olesya Khanina: Intransitive Split in Tundra Nenets, or How Much Semantics Can Hide Behind Syntactic Alignment8. Gontzal Aldai: From Ergative Case-Marking to Semantic Case-Marking: the case of historical BasquePart III The Pacific9. Marian Klamer: The Semantics of Semantic Alignment in Eastern Indonesia: Forms, Semantics, Geography, Possible Diffusion10. Gary Holton: The Emergence of Stative-Active Systems in North Halmahera, Indonesia11. Naomi Tsukida: Verb Classification in AmisPart IV The Americas12. Marianne Mithun: The Emergence of Agentive Patient Systems in Core Argument Marking13. Regina Pustet and David Rood: Argument Dereferentialization in Lakhota14. Enrique L. Palancar: The Emergence of the Active/Stative Alignment in Otomi15. Maura Valazquez-Castillo: Voice and Transitivity in Guarani16. Swintha Danielsen and Tania Granadillo: Agreement in Two Arawak Languages: Baure and Kurripako17. Alejandra Vidal: Semantic Motivations of Pilaga Subject-MarkingReferencesIndex of LanguagesIndex of Terms