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Impersonal Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective ed. by Andrej Malchukov, Anna Siewierska (review)

Impersonal Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective ed. by Andrej Malchukov, Anna Siewierska... ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS 56 NO. 2 The book concludes with seven analyzed texts (pp. 753--85) and five appendices (pp. 786--94) that summarize the inflection of the various word classes. Despite the various criticisms above, I recommend this book to any theoretical linguist who wants to examine new and unusual phenomena at virtually every level of grammar. As well as producing a description of an endangered language (pp. 1--14), Johanna Nichols has given us a marvelous linguistic garden through which the aspiring theoretician of whatever proclivity would do well to roam. Impersonal Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Edited by ANDREJ MALCHUKOV and ANNA SIEWIERSKA. Studies in Language Companion Series 124. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2011. Pp. x + 641. $158.00 (hardcover). Reviewed by Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Kiel University, and Csilla Kász, Kiel University Impersonal constructions (such as Latin me pudet, lit., `me shames', German mich friert, lit., `me freezes', or Russian svetaet `[it] dawns') have not figured as a prominent topic of cross-linguistic research outside of Indo-European studies. The volume under review contributes substantially to filling this research gap by addressing impersonal constructions in a range of typologically and genetically diverse languages. The twenty chapters of the volume approach this topic from three http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

Impersonal Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective ed. by Andrej Malchukov, Anna Siewierska (review)

Anthropological Linguistics , Volume 56 (2) – May 2, 2014

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ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS 56 NO. 2 The book concludes with seven analyzed texts (pp. 753--85) and five appendices (pp. 786--94) that summarize the inflection of the various word classes. Despite the various criticisms above, I recommend this book to any theoretical linguist who wants to examine new and unusual phenomena at virtually every level of grammar. As well as producing a description of an endangered language (pp. 1--14), Johanna Nichols has given us a marvelous linguistic garden through which the aspiring theoretician of whatever proclivity would do well to roam. Impersonal Constructions: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Edited by ANDREJ MALCHUKOV and ANNA SIEWIERSKA. Studies in Language Companion Series 124. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2011. Pp. x + 641. $158.00 (hardcover). Reviewed by Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Kiel University, and Csilla Kász, Kiel University Impersonal constructions (such as Latin me pudet, lit., `me shames', German mich friert, lit., `me freezes', or Russian svetaet `[it] dawns') have not figured as a prominent topic of cross-linguistic research outside of Indo-European studies. The volume under review contributes substantially to filling this research gap by addressing impersonal constructions in a range of typologically and genetically diverse languages. The twenty chapters of the volume approach this topic from three

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Anthropological LinguisticsUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 2, 2014

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