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Title: Reflexives: Forms and Functions
Edited By: Traci S Curl
Zygmunt Frajzyngier

The importance of reflexive markers in the study of language structure cannot be underestimated: they participate in the coding of the argument structure of a clause; in the coding of semantic relations between arguments and verbs; in the coding of the relationship between arguments; in the coding of aspect; in the coding of point of view; and in the Coding of the information structure of a clause. The present volume offers an approach to reflexive forms and functions from several perspectives: a formal approach where reflexives are discussed within a well-defined model of language representation; a typological approach; a historical approach concentrating on grammaticalization of reflexives and on the changes that pronouns and anaphors undergo; and a functionalist approach where functions of reflexive forms are described. The languages from which data were drawn represent a wide variety of language families and language types: English, Old English, Dutch, German, Tsakhur (Nakh-Dagestanian), Spanish, French, Bantu and Chadic languages. The variety of languages discussed and the different approaches taken complement each other in that each contributes an important piece to the understanding of reflexives in a cross-linguistic perspective.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English, Old
Language Family(ies): Narrow Bantu
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556196539
ISBN-13: 9781556196539
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229392
ISBN-13: N/A
Prices: NLG 170.00