New Benjamins title: Z úñiga/Kittilä: Benefactives and Malefactives

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Benefactives and Malefactives
Typological perspectives and case studies
  Edited by Fernando Zúñiga and Seppo Kittilä
University of Zurich / University of Helsinki

Typological Studies in Language 92

2010. x, 440 pp.
Hardbound 978 90 272 0673 2 / EUR 105.00 / USD 158.00

Benefactives are constructions used to express that a state of 
affairs holds to someone's advantage. The same construction sometimes 
also serves as a malefactive, whose meanings are generally not a 
simple mirror image of the benefactive. Benefactive constructions 
cover a wide range of phenomena: malefactive passives, general and 
specialized benefactive cases and adpositions, serial verb 
constructions and converbal constructions (including e.g. verbs of 
giving and taking), benefactive applicatives, and other 
morphosyntactic strategies. The present book is the first collection 
of its kind to be published on this topic. It includes both 
typological surveys and in-depth descriptive studies, exploring both 
the morphosyntactic properties and the semantic nuances of phenomena 
ranging from the familiar English double-object construction and the 
Japanese adversative passive to comparable phenomena found in 
lesser-known languages of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The book 
will appeal to typologists and linguists interested in linguistic 
diversity and it will also be a useful reference work for linguists 
working on language description.

Table of contents

Preface  vii
List of contributors  ix-x
Introduction: Benefaction and malefaction from a cross-linguistic perspective
Seppo Kittilä and Fernando Zúñiga 1-28
Benefactive applicative periphrases: A typological approach
Denis Creissels 29-70
Cross-linguistic categorization of benefactives by event structure: A 
preliminary framework for benefactive typology
Tomoko Yamashita Smith 71-96
An areal and cross-linguistic study of benefactive and malefactive 
Paula Radetzky and Tomoko Smith 97-120
The role of benefactives and related notions in the typology of 
purpose clauses
Karsten Schmidtke-Bode 121-146
Benefactive and malefactive uses of Salish applicatives
Kaoru Kiyosawa and Donna B. Gerdts 147-184
Beneficiaries and recipients in Toba (Guaycurú)
Marisa Censabella 185-202
Benefactive and malefactive applicativization in Mapudungun
Fernando Zúñiga 203-218
The benefactive semantic potential of 'caused reception' 
constructions: A case study of English, German, French, and Dutch
Timothy Colleman 219-244
Beneficiary coding in Finnish
Seppo Kittilä 245-270
Benefactives in Laz
René Lacroix 271-294
Benefactive and malefactive verb extensions in the Koalib very system
Nicolas Quint 295-316
Benefactives and malefactives in Gumer (Gurage)
Sascha Völlmin 317-330
A "reflexive benefactive" in Chamba-Daka (Adamawa branch, Niger-Congo family)
Raymond Boyd 331-350
Beneficiary and other roles of the dative in Tashelhiyt
Christian J. Rapold 351-376
Benefactive strategies in Thai
Mathias Jenny 377-392
Korean benefactive particles and their meanings
Jae Jung Song 393-418
Malefactivity in Japanese
Eijiro Tsuboi 419-436
Index  437-440

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