This thesis is a semantic-typological study of desiderative constructions in
languages of the world. Focussing on both meaning and grammatical
structures, it explores how the properties of desiderative expressions in
languages of the world reflect universal elements and language-specific
configurations of meaning. Chapter One sets out the nature and scope of
the work, explaining the purpose of examining desiderative constructions
across languages, and outlining the theoretical context and...[Show more]
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