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Query Details

Query Subject:   Analysis of 'Other' in Any Language, Any Theory
Author:   Thomas Hanke
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   Dear linguists,

I would like to ask you for help in -literally- an 'other' problem.

My developing PhD thesis has bi-partite reciprocity expressions like ''each
other'' and ''one another'' as a main topic.

In the last months, I have been able to find only marginal remarks on
'other' and similar concepts - usual as an explanation for other phenomena
like focus particles or anaphora ('no-one else', 'no other person'). The
usual semantic analyses mention only membership in the same category and
distinction from one member with no further details.

In reference grammars and descriptions of numeral systems, I found some
hints, mainly that the functional range of 'other' expressions is not
obligatorily similar to European languages.

"'Other"', "'else"', and their counterparts in other languages are
obviously not the best keywords to search for.

I will be glad to get hints to any research on 'other,else' and related
notions. Any perspective, theory, language is welcome.

Some topics that came to my mind are the relation to, and interaction with:
- indefiniteness, definiteness, reference,
- deictics, pronouns
- quantifiers, groups, genericity
- discourse organization, 'the first' versus 'the other(s)',
- different conceptual fields like space, time,
- membership in and compatibility with word-classes

Thank you for your interest!
I will post a summary.

Thomas Hanke
Berlin Utrecht project group ''A typology of reciprocal markers: Analysis
and documentation''
LL Issue: 17.1658
Date posted: 01-Jun-2006


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