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The grammar of exchange: a comparative study of reciprocal constructions across languages

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


Cultures are built on social exchange. Most languages have dedicated grammatical machinery for expressing this. To demonstrate that statistical methods can also be applied to grammatical meaning, we here ask whether the underlying meanings of these grammatical constructions are based on shared common concepts. To explore this, we designed video stimuli of reciprocated actions (e.g., "giving to each other") and symmetrical states (e.g., "sitting next to each other"), and with the help of a team...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011-03
Type: Journal article
Source: Frontiers in Psychology
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00034


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