Experiential Constructions in Yucatec Maya: A Typologically by Elisabeth Verhoeven

By Elisabeth Verhoeven

This e-book combines a fieldwork-based language-specific research with a typological research. It deals an in depth and finished research of the shape and semantics of experiencer buildings in Yucatec, the Mayan language of the Yucatecan peninsula in Mexico. because the linguistic expression of expertise isn't really constrained to a selected grammatical zone the learn touches an exceptional number of grammatical fields within the language resembling argument constitution, grammatical kin, possessive structures, subordinate structures, and so forth. The empirical research of the Yucatec facts is preceded via a radical exam of the sensible area and the cross-linguistic coding of expertise which before couldn't be present in the literature. This research can be of curiosity to students operating within the fields of typology and local American linguistics, and particularly to these attracted to argument constitution and the syntax-semantics interface.

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The argument structure construction these verbs instantiate is, however, not restricted to these features, given that intransitive process verbs may take arguments at other positions in Figure 2 as well. (10) Peter schwitzt/grübelt etc. }; THEME ∈{animate, human} ]S Construction 2. Instantiated process C. with Theme argument Now compare the semantically similar examples from German and English in (11). (11) Peter kommt ins Schwitzen/ins Grübeln etc. ’ In these examples the main verb kommen ‘come’ does not identify the situation core on its own.

2000[D]) for the sake of consistency, accounting for the fact that the term participant is clearly located at the non-linguistic level in the present work. In Lehmann et al. (2000[D]), the label ‘cognitive role’ is used for what is here called ‘participant role’ and ‘participant role’ for what is here referred to as ‘semantic role’ here. 17 There is a rather large terminological variety in this area with respect to different theoretical frameworks and conceptions. , Chomsky 1981, Grimshaw 1990, Chomsky 1995, Pesetzsky 1995).

Instrument). A combination of role features and absolute participant features is, however, not sufficient to identify the commonly used roles or to distinguish them from each other. , recipient, experiencer, emitter, etc. are clearly bound to a specific situation type. 21 Here the dynamicity of the situation plays a role. , theme, locus). The more dynamic a situation is, the more participant roles it may potentially include. Peripheral roles such as beneficiary, instrument, comitative, source and goal typically occur in dynamic situations.

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