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Changing Valency

Changing Valency
Case Studies in Transitivity

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R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Marianne Mithun, Masayuki Onishi, Keren Rice, Lyle Campbell, Randy J. LaPolla, Mengistu Amberber, Nicholas Reid, Bernard Comrie, Jack Martin
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  • Date Published: February 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521660396

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  • This book presents a wealth of information on some of the most interesting languages in the world, most of them little-known in the linguistics literature. The distinguished team of authors have each examined "valency-changing mechanisms" (phenomena including passives and causatives) in languages ranging from Amazonian Tariana to Alaskan Eskimo, from Australian Ngan'gityemerri to Tsez from the Caucasus. R. M. W. Dixon has also contributed a comprehensive chapter on causatives across the languages of the world. The volume will provide valuable insights both for formal theoreticians and for linguistic typologists.

    • Innovative and theoretically sophisticated study of previously undescribed languages
    • Cross-linguistic parameters and generalisations that will be of value to formal theoreticians and linguistic typologists
    • Includes a comprehensive typology of causatives
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    Review of the hardback: 'This book is a grammatical sampler, and as such a joy in itself to typologists. Theory falls away, and the languages speak through their interpreters.' Modern Language Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521660396
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    2. A typology of causatives: Form, syntax and meaning R. M. W. Dixon
    3. Valency-changing derivation in Central Alaskan Yup'ik Marianne Mithun
    4. Transitivity and valency-changing derivations in Motuna Masayuki Onishi
    5. Transitivity in Tariana Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    6. Voice and valency in the Athapaskan family Keren Rice
    7. Valency-changing derivations in K'iche' Lyle Campbell
    8. Valency-changing derivations in Dulong/Rawang Randy J. LaPolla
    9. Valency-changing and valency-encoding devices in Amharic Mengistu Amberber
    10. Complex verb collocations in Ngan'gityemerri: a non-derivational strategy for encoding valency alternations Nicholas Reid
    11. Valency-changing derivations in Tsez Bernard Comrie
    12. Creek voice: Beyond valency Jack Martin.

  • Editors

    R. M. W. Dixon, La Trobe University, Victoria

    Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, La Trobe University, Victoria


    R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Marianne Mithun, Masayuki Onishi, Keren Rice, Lyle Campbell, Randy J. LaPolla, Mengistu Amberber, Nicholas Reid, Bernard Comrie, Jack Martin

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