The semantics of reciprocal constructions across languages: An extensional approach

A Majid, Nicholas Evans, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson

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    Abstract

    How similar are reciprocal constructions in the semantic parameters they encode? We investigate this question by using an extensional approach, which examines similarity of meaning by examining how constructions are applied over a set of 64 videoclips depicting reciprocal events (Evans et al. 2004). We apply statistical modelling to descriptions from speakers of 20 languages elicited using the videoclips. We show that there are substantial differences in meaning between constructions of different languages.
    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
    Pages29-60
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9789027206794
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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