The grammar and typology of benefactives


At the beginning of 2007 I started working on the qualitative (and basically synchronic) typology of benefactives, i.e. a semantic, pragmatic, and morphosyntactic inquiry into how the languages of the world express that an action is performed, or a state of affairs holds, to someone's advantage (or disadvantage—the so-called adversative or malefactive). This covers a wide range of phenomena: the dative of interest, adversative passives, allegedly specialized benefactive markers, serial verb constructions, and complex predicates with verbs of giving and others, benefactive applicatives, and more.

Workshop on the Typology of Benefactives and Malefactives (Zurich, October 25-26, 2007)
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