The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying

The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying

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This volume explores properties of `sit', `stand', and `lie' verbs, reflecting three of the most salient postures associated with humans. An introductory chapter by the Editor provides an overview of directions for research into posture verbs. These directions are then explored in detail in a number of languages: Dutch; Korean; Japanese; Lao; Chantyal, Magar (Tibeto-Burman); Chipewyan (Athapaskan); Trumai (spoken in Brazil); Kxoe (Khoisan); Mbay (Nilo-Saharan); Oceanic; Enga, Ku Waru (Papuan); Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Ngan'gityemerri (Australian). The contributors discuss data relevant to many fields of linguistic inquiry, including patterns of lexicalization (e.g., simplex or complex verb forms), morphology (e.g., state vs. action formations), grammaticalization (e.g., extension to locational predicates, aspect markers, auxiliaries, copulas, classifiers), and figurative extension. A final chapter reports on an experimental methodology designed to establish the relevant cognitive parameters underlying speakers' judgements on the polysemy of English stand. Taken together, the chapters provide a wealth of cross-linguistic data on posture verbs.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 409 pages
  • 147.3 x 218.4 x 30.5mm | 657.72g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112047
  • 9781588112040

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. 1. A cross-linguistic overview of the posture verbs 'sit', 'stand', and 'lie' (by Newman, John); 3. 2. Semantics and combinatorics of 'sit', 'stand', and 'lie' in Lao (by Enfield, N.J.); 4. 3. Action and state interpretations of 'sit' in Japanese and English (by Newman, John); 5. 4. Posture and existence predicates in Dene Suline (Chipewyan): Lexical and semantic density as a function of the 'stand'/'sit'/'lie' continuum (by Rice, Sally); 6. 5. Posture verbs in two Tibeto-Burman languages of Nepal (by Noonan, Michael); 7. 6. The semantic network of Dutch posture verbs (by Lemmens, Maarten); 8. 7. The syntax and semantics of posture forms in Trumai (by Guirardello-Damian, Raquel); 9. 8. Men stand, women sit: On the grammaticalization of posture verbs in Papuan languages, its bodily basis and cultural correlates (by Rumsey, Alan L.); 10. 9. Posture, location, existence, and states of being in two Central Australian languages (by Goddard, Cliff); 11. 10. Sit right down the back: Serialized posture verbs in Ngan'gityemerri and other Northern Australian languages (by Reid, Nicholas); 12. 11. Posture verbs in Oceanic (by Lichtenberk, Frantisek); 13. 12. The grammatical evolution of posture verbs in Kxoe (by Kilian-Hatz, Christa); 14. 13. Posture verbs in Mbay (by Keegan, John M.); 15. 14. The posture verbs in Korean: Basic and extended uses (by Song, Jae Jung); 16. 15. Embodied standing and the psychological semantics of stand (by Gibbs, Jr., Raymond W.); 17. Author index; 18. Language index
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