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Reciprocals in Mian

Fedden, S (2013) Reciprocals in Mian Studies in Language, 37 (1). pp. 58-93.

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Abstract

Despite the ongoing interest in reciprocal situations, which form a central part of our social, intellectual and moral lives, and the linguistic encoding of such situations in different languages, studies of reciprocals in Papuan languages remain under-represented in the reciprocal literature. The Trans New Guinea languages Mian, Amele and Hua have a reciprocal construction in which the reciprocal subevents are expressed by individual transitive verbs plus an existential verb expressing that the reciprocal action is done together. Mian goes one step further and fuses this construction into a single verb with a reciprocal suffix -sese. The present paper is an in-depth analysis of the morphology, syntax and semantics of reciprocal constructions in Mian, including a comparison with Amele, and an analysis of the diachronic development of the Mian reciprocal, whose origin presumably lies in a biclausal description in which the reciprocal subevents are spelled out separately and sequentially.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Fedden, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 July 2013
Identification Number : 10.1075/sl.37.1.02fed
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
EditorBickel, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
EditorKönig, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
EditorPayne, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : Reciprocals, Transitivity, Trans New Guinea, Mian, Amele, Hua
Additional Information : Copyright 2013 John Benjamins Publishing. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Jun 2014 09:34
Last Modified : 13 Sep 2014 01:35
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/793049

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