The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking - Typological Studies in Language 84 (Hardback)John Newman (editor)
Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 11/03/2009
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This volume reviews a range of fascinating linguistic facts about ingestive predicates in the world's languages. The highly multifaceted nature of `eat' and `drink' events gives rise to interesting clausal properties of these predicates, such as the atypicality of transitive constructions involving `eat' and `drink' in some languages. The two verbs are also sources for a large number of figurative uses across languages with meanings such as `destroy', and `savour', as well as participating in a great variety of idioms which can be quite opaque semantically. Grammaticalized extensions of these predicates also occur, such as the quantificational use of Hausa shaa 'drink' meaning (roughly) `do X frequently, regularly'. Specialists discuss details of the use of these verbs in a variety of languages and language families: Australian languages, Papuan languages, Athapaskan languages, Japanese, Korean, Hausa, Amharic, Hindi-Urdu, and Marathi.
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 245 x 164 mm
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