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Benefactive and malefactive applicativization in Mapudungun


Zúñiga, Fernando (2010). Benefactive and malefactive applicativization in Mapudungun. In: Zúñiga, Fernando; Kittilä, Seppo. Benefactives and malefactives: typological perspectives and case studies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 203-218.

Abstract

This paper argues that two productive applicatives in Mapudungun, viz. -(l)el and -ñma, can be labeled benefactive and malefactive respectively, but only in a superficially impressionistic way. Based on a detailed survey of the literature on the language, as well as on synchronic evidence and some tentative internal reconstruction, I suggest that the yield of -ñma was originally probably neutral with respect to benefaction, and that it still is in some uses of this suffix. According to this account, the appearance of (l)el-applicatives (probably from elu- ‘give’ or el- ‘set’) gave rise to a privative opposition between the meaning of both morphemes with many bivalent predicates.

This paper argues that two productive applicatives in Mapudungun, viz. -(l)el and -ñma, can be labeled benefactive and malefactive respectively, but only in a superficially impressionistic way. Based on a detailed survey of the literature on the language, as well as on synchronic evidence and some tentative internal reconstruction, I suggest that the yield of -ñma was originally probably neutral with respect to benefaction, and that it still is in some uses of this suffix. According to this account, the appearance of (l)el-applicatives (probably from elu- ‘give’ or el- ‘set’) gave rise to a privative opposition between the meaning of both morphemes with many bivalent predicates.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:17 May 2010 07:46
Last Modified:01 May 2016 15:02
Publisher:John Benjamins
Series Name:Typological Studies in Language
Number:92
ISSN:0167-7373
ISBN:978-90-272-0673-2
Official URL:http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_articles.cgi?bookid=TSL%2092&artid=376135160
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/33544/

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