Reciprocals in the World’s Languages

Jeudi 12 Juillet 2018, 16:00 to 18:00
Edward Keenan (UCLA, invité Labex EFL)
Heather Burnett (LLF)

ODG – Salle 311

Edward Keenan (UCLA)
Reciprocals in the World’s Languages

This lecture is based on on-going research. I provide a survey of the attested means of expressing reciprocal situations and then look some detail at verbal affix reciprocals, focusing especially on Malagasy (Austronesian, Madagascar).  


  • Dimitriadis, Alexis. 2008. Irreducible symmetry in reciprocal constructions.  In Ekkehard Koenig and Volker Gast (eds). Reciprocals and Reflexives: Theoretical and Typological Explorations. Mouton de Gruyter
  • Keenan, E.L. Reciprocals in the World’s Languages. Ms UCLA
  • Maslova, Elena and Nedjalkov, Vladimir P. 2011. Reciprocal constructions in WALS (World Atlas of Language Structures) On line.  Http://
  • Nedjalkov, Vladimir. (2010) Reciprocal Constructions 5 vols. John Benjamins Pub. Co.