The Grammar of Causation and Interpersonal Manipulation

The Grammar of Causation and Interpersonal Manipulation

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This volume presents fifteen original papers dealing with various aspects of causative constructions ranging from morphology to semantics with emphasis on language data from Central and South America. Informed by a better understanding of how different constructions are positioned both synchronically (e.g., on a semantic map) and diachronically (e.g., through grammaticalization processes), the volume affords a comprehensive up-to-date perspective on the perennial issues in the grammar of causation such as the distribution of competing causative morphemes, the meaning distinctions among them, and the overall form-meaning correlation. Morphosyntactic interactions of causatives with other phenomena such as incorporation and applicativization receive focused attention as such basic issues as the semantic distinction between direct and indirect causation and the typology of causative constructions.
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  • Paperback | 551 pages
  • 149.9 x 215.9 x 30.5mm | 771.12g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588111202
  • 9781588111203

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Appreciation (by Davis, Philip W.); 3. Abbreviations; 4. Introduction: Some basic issues in the grammar of causation (by Shibatani, Masayoshi); 5. Cooperation and interpersonal manipulation in the society of intimates (by Givon, T.); 6. Verbs of interpersonal causality and the folk theory of mind and behavior (by Malle, Bertram F.); 7. The causative continuum (by Shibatani, Masayoshi); 8. Causation, constructions, and language ecology: An example from French (by Achard, Michel); 9. Tarascan causatives and event complexity (by Maldonado, Ricardo); 10. Some constraints on Cora causative constructions (by Vazquez Soto, Veronica); 11. Olutec causatives and applicatives (by Zavala, Roberto); 12. On some causative doublets in Classical Nahuatl (by Launey, Michel); 13. The notion of transfer in Sikuani causatives (by Queixalos, Francesc); 14. Causative constructions in Akawaio (by Stefanowitsch, Anatol); 15. Causation in Matses (Panoan, Amazonian Peru) (by Fleck, David W.); 16. Causativization and transitivity in Shipibo-Konibo (by Valenzuela, Pilar M.); 17. Causatives in Asheninka: The case for a sociative source (by Payne, David); 18. Guarani causative constructions (by Velazquez-Castillo, Maura); 19. General index
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