Mundari reciprocals

Nicholas Evans, Toshiki Osada

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    This paper investigates the semantics of reciprocal constructions in Mundari, an Austro-Asiatic language of northern India. Two grammatical constructions express reciprocity: a basic construction, which infixes <pV> to verb roots, and a serialised construction adding -idi ‘take’ to the basic reciprocal. The reciprocal construction is limited to subject-object coreference and cannot be fed by affixal derivational processes like applicatives or causatives, though it can be fed by zero conversion from other word classes; it may itself feed the causative. From a semantic perspective, the most unusual feature of Mundari reciprocals is the existence of a specialised construction for expressing sequential chaining situations, namely the serialised construction with -idi ‘take’; the basic reciprocal construction is not acceptable for sequential chaining situations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReciprocals and Semantic Typology
    Editors Nicholas Evans, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson, Asifa Majid
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    ISBN (Print)9789027206794
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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