Clusivity: Typology and Case Studies of Inclusive-exclusive Distinction

Front Cover
Elena Filimonova
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 436 pages
This book presents a collection of papers on clusivity, a newly coined term for the inclusive exclusive distinction. Clusivity is a widespread feature familiar from descriptive grammars and frequently figuring in typological schemes and diachronic scenarios. However, no comprehensive exploration of it has been available so far. This book is intended to make the first step towards a better understanding of the inclusive exclusive opposition, by documenting the current linguistic knowledge on the topic.
The issues discussed include the categorial and paradigmatic status of the opposition, its geographical distribution, realization in free vs bound pronouns, inclusive imperatives, clusivity in the 2nd person, honorific uses of the distinction, etc. These case studies are complemented by the analysis of the opposition in American Sign Language as opposed to spoken languages. In-depth areal and family surveys of clusivity consider this opposition in Austronesian, Tibeto-Burman, central-western South American, Turkic languages, and in Mosetenan and Shuswap.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Understanding inclusives
3
Inclusiveexclusive as person vs number categories worldwide
49
Syncretisms involving clusivity
73
Inclusiveexclusive distinctions in the languages of centralwestern
105
Only you? Philological investigations into the alleged
113
Inclusive and exclusive in free and bound person forms
151
Inclusive imperative
179
A typology of honorific uses of clusivity
213
An opposition of unequals
261
The inclusiveexclusive distinction in TibetoBurman languages
291
Inclusive and exclusive in Turkic languages
341
A possible loan
359
Abackground investigation
381
Common trends and possible patterns
399
Index
425
Copyright

Exclusive pronouns in American Sign Language
231

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information