Anna Siewierska

List of John Benjamins publications for which Anna Siewierska plays a role.


Impersonal Constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective

Edited by Andrej L. Malchukov and Anna Siewierska

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 124] 2011. ix, 641 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics | Typology


Edited by Anna Siewierska and Willem B. Hollmann

Special issue of Functions of Language 14:1 (2007) vi, 173 pp.
Subjects Functional linguistics | Pragmatics | Theoretical linguistics

Case, Typology and Grammar: In honor of Barry J. Blake

Edited by Anna Siewierska and Jae Jung Song

[Typological Studies in Language, 38] 1998. 395 pp.
Subjects Australian languages | Typology


Ponsford, Dan, Willem B. Hollmann and Anna Siewierska 2013 Sources of BETFunctions of Language 20:1, pp. 90–124 | Article
We investigate the sources of betting constructions, and specifically their predicates. The notion of risking something of value on an outcome is a complex one. Culturally, some degree of disposability of property is required. The concept is nevertheless lexicalized in many parts of the world.… read more
Siewierska, Anna and Eva van Lier 2013 Introduce: Encoding a non-prototypical three-participant event across EuropeArgument Structure in Flux: The Naples-Capri Papers, Gelderen, Elly van, Jóhanna Barðdal and Michela Cennamo (eds.), pp. 169–200 | Article
This paper investigates the lexical and morpho-syntactic strategies used in three branches of European languages (Slavic, Romance, and Germanic) to express a specific non-prototypical type of three-participant event: that of an agent introducing a human Theme to a human Recipient. Earlier… read more
Siewierska, Anna and Dik Bakker 2012 Three takes on grammatical relations: A view from the languages of Europe and North and Central AsiaArgument Structure and Grammatical Relations: A crosslinguistic typology, Suihkonen, Pirkko, Bernard Comrie and Valery Solovyev (eds.), pp. 295–324 | Article
In this contribution we discuss three different approaches to grammatical relations (GR), all situated within the functional-typological paradigm. Taking the major distinctions from these as a point of departure, we construct a three-way typology to classify languages with respect to GRs. Finally,… read more
Malchukov, Andrej L. and Anna Siewierska 2011 IntroductionImpersonal Constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective, Malchukov, Andrej L. and Anna Siewierska (eds.), pp. 1–16 | Article
This paper is concerned with two kinds of so-called R-impersonals, i.e. impersonals triggered by a reduction in referentiality, namely third-person plural impersonals (3pl-imps) and man-constructions (man-imps). In the languages of Europe, both of these impersonal constructions display a wide range… read more
Yan, Yi and Anna Siewierska 2011 Referential impersonal constructions in MandarinImpersonal Constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective, Malchukov, Andrej L. and Anna Siewierska (eds.), pp. 547–580 | Article
This paper provides an overview of referential impersonal constructions in Mandarin Chinese. It is shown that while like many European languages Mandarin utilizes generalized nouns, special person forms, regular personal pronouns and a zero pronoun in the subject position to encode impersonality,… read more
This paper explores the development of third person plural impersonal constructions into passive ones with the aim of determining the conditions most conducive to the emergence of a canonical passive, i.e. one which is both promotional (with an overt lexical subject) and agentive (with an overt… read more
Siewierska, Anna 2008 Ways of impersonalizing: Pronominal vs verbal strategiesCurrent Trends in Contrastive Linguistics: Functional and cognitive perspectives, Gómez González, María de los Ángeles, J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Elsa M. González Álvarez (eds.), pp. 3–26 | Article
The term impersonal is used in the literature to denote subjectless constructions, constructions featuring only a pleonastic subject, and constructions which lack a specified agent. This chapter focuses on the third of these types, which are often expressed in languages by the non-personal use of… read more
Bakker, Dik and Anna Siewierska 2007 Another take on the notion SubjectStructural-Functional Studies in English Grammar: In honour of Lachlan Mackenzie, Hannay, Mike and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), pp. 141–158 | Article
Linguistic theories typically have a static, competence-based view of the notion Subject. In this view speakers choose their Subjects freely from the relevant constituents of a clause, typically the arguments of the main predicate. However, when one looks at what speakers actually do, it becomes… read more
Siewierska, Anna and Dik Bakker 2007 Bound person forms in ditransitive clauses revisitedDitransitivity, Siewierska, Anna and Willem B. Hollmann (eds.), pp. 103–125 | Article
In a recent article Gensler (2003) has argued that little can be said about the ordering of bound person markers of the T(heme) and R(ecipient) relative to each other or relative to the verb stem apart from the fact that the outer markers are likely to be the result of a second-level cliticization… read more
Siewierska, Anna and Willem B. Hollmann 2007 IntroductionDitransitivity, Siewierska, Anna and Willem B. Hollmann (eds.), pp. 1–7 | Article
Siewierska, Anna and Willem B. Hollmann 2007 Ditransitive clauses in English with special reference to Lancashire dialectStructural-Functional Studies in English Grammar: In honour of Lachlan Mackenzie, Hannay, Mike and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), pp. 83–102 | Article
Unlike many other languages, English has three ditransitive constructions; a prepositional one in which the recipient or beneficiary is marked by a preposition and two double object constructions, one in which the recipient precedes the theme and the other in which the theme precedes the recipient.… read more
Siewierska, Anna and Dik Bakker 2006 Bi-directional vs. uni-directional asymmetries in the encoding of semantic distinctions in free and bound person formsTypes of Variation: Diachronic, dialectal and typological interfaces, Nevalainen, Terttu, Juhani Klemola and Mikko Laitinen (eds.), pp. 21–50 | Article
Siewierska, Anna and Dik Bakker 2005 Inclusive and exclusive in free and bound person formsClusivity: Typology and case studies of the inclusive–exclusive distinction, Filimonova, Elena (ed.), pp. 151–178 | Chapter
Siewierska, Anna 2000 Review of McGregor (1997): Semiotic GrammarFunctions of Language 7:1, pp. 168–172 | Review
Siewierska, Anna 2000 On the Origins of the Order of agreement and Tense MarkersHistorical Linguistics 1995: Volume 1: General issues and non-Germanic Languages., Smith, John Charles and Delia Bentley (eds.), pp. 377 ff. | Article
Siewierska, Anna 1998 Polish main clause constituent order and FG pragmatic functionsFunctional Grammar and Verbal Interaction, Hannay, Mike and A. Machtelt Bolkestein (eds.), pp. 243 ff. | Article
Siewierska, Anna 1998 Passive-to-ergative vs inverse-to-ergativeCase, Typology and Grammar: In honor of Barry J. Blake, Siewierska, Anna and Jae Jung Song (eds.), pp. 229 ff. | Article
Among the theoretical frameworks which consider grammatical relations to be a possible but not necessary level of clausal organization, the approach to the object relation espoused in Simon Dik's (1978, 198g, 1997) Functional Grammar is the most restrictive. Unlike various other models of grammar,… read more
Siewierska, Anna 1997 The formal realization of case and agreement marking: A functional perspectiveReconnecting Language: Morphology and Syntax in Functional Perspectives, Simon-Vandenbergen, Anne-Marie, Kristin Davidse and Dirk Noël (eds.), pp. 181 ff. | Article
Siewierska, Anna and Dik Bakker 1996 The Distribution of Subject and Object Agreement and Word Order TypeStudies in Language 20:1, pp. 115–161 | Article
The article examines the distribution and formal realization of Subject and Object agreement markers in different word order types on the basis of a sample of 237 languages. Special attention is paid to the genetic and areal stratification of agreement markers and the impact of these two parameters… read more
Siewierska, Anna 1992 Layers in FG and GBLayered Structure and Reference in a Functional Perspective: Papers from the Functional Grammar Conference, Copenhagen, 1990, Fortescue, Michael, Peter Harder and Lars Kristoffersen (eds.), pp. 409 ff. | Article
Siewierska, Anna 1988 The passive in SlavicPassive and Voice, Shibatani, Masayoshi (ed.), pp. 243 ff. | Article