This volume reviews a range of fascinating linguistic facts about ingestive predicates in the world’s languages. The highly multifaceted nature of ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ events gives rise to interesting clausal properties of these predicates, such as the atypicality of transitive constructions involving ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ in some languages. The two verbs are also sources for a large number of figurative uses across languages with meanings such as ‘destroy’, and ‘savour’, as well as participating in a great variety of idioms which can be quite opaque semantically. Grammaticalized extensions of these predicates also occur, such as the quantificational use of Hausa shaa 'drink’ meaning (roughly) ‘do X frequently, regularly’. Specialists discuss details of the use of these verbs in a variety of languages and language families: Australian languages, Papuan languages, Athapaskan languages, Japanese, Korean, Hausa, Amharic, Hindi-Urdu, and Marathi.
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Book Description John Benjamins Pub Co, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 280 pages. 9.50x6.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __9027229988
Book Description John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX9027229988
Book Description John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M9027229988