This monograph constitutes the first comprehensive investigation of
reciprocal constructions and related phenomena in the world’s languages.
Reciprocal constructions (of the type The two boys hit each other, The
poets admire each other’s poems) have often been the subject of
language-particular studies, but it is only in this work that a truly
global comparative picture emerges. Nine stage-setting chapters dealing
with general and theoretical matters are followed by 40 chapters containing
in-depth descriptions of reciprocals in individual languages by renowned
specialists. The introductory papers provide a conceptual and
terminological framework that allows the authors of the individual chapters
to characterize their languages in comparable terms, making it easy for the
reader to see points of commonality between languages and constructions
that have never been compared before. This set of volumes is an
indispensable starting point and will be a lasting reference work for any
future studies of reciprocals.