Clusivity : Typology and case studies of the inclusive-exclusive distinction

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This book presents a collection of papers on clusivity, a newly coined term for the inclusive-exclusive distinction. Clusivity is a widespread feature familiar from descriptive grammars and frequently figuring in typological schemes and diachronic scenarios. However, no comprehensive exploration of it has been available so far. This book is intended to make the first step towards a better understanding of the inclusive-exclusive opposition, by documenting the current linguistic knowledge on the topic.The issues discussed include the categorial and paradigmatic status of the opposition, its geographical distribution, realization in free vs bound pronouns, inclusive imperatives, clusivity in the 2nd person, honorific uses of the distinction, etc. These case studies are complemented by the analysis of the opposition in American Sign Language as opposed to spoken languages. In-depth areal and family surveys of clusivity consider this opposition in Austronesian, Tibeto-Burman, central-western South American, Turkic languages, and in Mosetenan and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 436 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 33mm | 929.88g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588116441
  • 9781588116444

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction (by Filimonova, Elena); 3. I. Case studies on special problems of the inclusive-exclusive distinction; 4. Understanding inclusives (by Daniel, Michael A.); 5. Inclusive-exclusive as person vs. number categories worldwide (by Bickel, Balthasar); 6. Syncretisms involving clusivity (by Cysouw, Michael); 7. Only you ?: Philological investigations into the alleged inclusive-exclusive distinction in the second person plural (by Simon, Horst J.); 8. Inclusive and exclusive in free and bound person forms (by Siewierska, Anna); 9. Inclusive imperative (by Dobrushina, Nina); 10. A typology of honorific uses of clusivity (by Cysouw, Michael); 11. Exclusive pronouns in American Sign Language (by Cormier, Kearsy); 12. II. Areal and family portraits of the inclusive-exclusive distinction; 13. Inclusive-exclusive in Austronesian: An opposition of unequals (by Lichtenberk, Frantisek); 14. The inclusive-exclusive distinction in Tibeto-Burman languages (by LaPolla, Randy J.); 15. Inclusive-exclusive distinctions in the languages of central-western South America (by Crevels, Mily); 16. Inclusive and exclusive in Turkic languages (by Nevskaya, Irina); 17. Development of an inclusive-exclusive distinction: A possible loan scenario in Mosetenan (by Sakel, Jeanette); 18. The inclusive and exclusive in Shuswap: A background investigation (by Eijk, Jan P.van); 19. Clusivity cross-linguistically: Common trends and possible patterns (by Filimonova, Elena); 20. Indexshow more