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Lüpke, Friederike (2007) 'Smash it again, Sam! Verbs of Cutting and Breaking in Jalonke.' Cognitive Linguistics, 18 (2). pp. 251-61.

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This paper investigates the semantic and syntactic properties of cutting and breaking verbs in Jalonke. Semantic features relevant for these Jalonke verbs are control of the effector over the locus of impact, subcategorization for specific manners/instruments, and the theme being a whole vs. already detached from an entity. The latter distinction is unattested in other languages. Syntactically, the verbs fall into two classes: cut verbs with a transitive argument structure, and break verbs with causative and inchoative argument structure options. The existence of a class of exclusively transitive break verbs, despite the existence of the causative/inchoative alternation in Jalonke, is not expected in recent theories of argument structure.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: cut and break; separation events; Jalonke; Central Mande; syntax-semantics interface; argument structure; verb semantics
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Endangered Languages
ISSN: 16133641
Copyright Statement: © Walter de Gruyter. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2008 11:12

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