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Valency mismatches and the coding of reciprocity in Australian languages

Evans, Nicholas; Gaby, Alice; Nordlinger, Rachel


Reciprocals are characterized by a crossover of thematic roles within a single clause. Their peculiar semantics often creates special argument configurations not found in other clause types. While some languages either encode reciprocals by clearly divalent, transitive clauses, or clearly monovalent, intransitive clauses, others adopt a more ambivalent solution. We develop a typology of valency/transitivity mismatches in reciprocal constructions, based on a sample of Australian languages. These...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Linguistic Typology
DOI: 10.1515/LINGTY.2007.033
Access Rights: Open Access


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