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Introduction: Reciprocals and semantic typology

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


Reciprocity lies at the heart of social cognition, and with it so does the encoding of reciprocity in language via reciprocal constructions. Despite the prominence of strong universal claims about the semantics of reciprocal constructions, there is considerable descriptive literature on the semantics of reciprocals that seems to indicate variable coding and subtle cross-linguistic differences in meaning of reciprocals, both of which would make it impossible to formulate a single, essentialising...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Book chapter


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