Zygmunt Frajzyngier

List of John Benjamins publications for which Zygmunt Frajzyngier plays a role.


Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics | Typology

Interaction of Morphology and Syntax: Case studies in Afroasiatic

Edited by Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay

[Typological Studies in Language, 75] 2008. v, 234 pp.
Subjects Afro-Asiatic languages | Morphology | Syntax | Typology

Linguistic Diversity and Language Theories

Edited by Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Adam Hodges and David S. Rood

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 72] 2005. xii, 432 pp.
Subjects Theoretical linguistics

Explaining Language Structure through Systems Interaction

Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Erin Shay

[Typological Studies in Language, 55] 2003. xviii, 309 pp.
Subjects Typology

Reflexives: Forms and functions. Volume 1

Edited by Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Traci Walker

[Typological Studies in Language, 40] 2000. xiv, 286 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Typology

Reciprocals: Forms and functions. Volume 2

Edited by Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Traci Walker

[Typological Studies in Language, 41] 2000. xii, 201 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Semantics | Syntax | Typology

Forms and functions: Volume 1: Reflexives; Volume 2: Reciprocals. 2 Volumes (set)

Edited by Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Traci Walker

[Typological Studies in Language, 40-41] 2000. xiv, 286 pp. & xii, 201 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Semantics | Syntax | Typology
Subjects Afro-Asiatic languages | Morphology | Syntax


Frajzyngier, Zygmunt, Natalia Gurian and Sergei Karpenko 2024 Minimal participant structure of the event and the emergence of the argument/adjunct distinctionStudies in Language 48:1, pp. 181–227 | Article
The present study answers the following questions: why the semantic roles of agent or patient are often unmarked; why other semantic roles, such as benefactive, stative locative, goal, or source, are unmarked when used with some verbs and marked when used with other verbs; and why semantic… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2021 Chapter 4. Typology of functional domainsLinguistic Categories, Language Description and Linguistic Typology, Alfieri, Luca, Giorgio Francesco Arcodia and Paolo Ramat (eds.), pp. 101–136 | Chapter
The aim of this study is to advocate one of the aims of linguistic typology, viz. the discovery of how languages are similar or different with respect to the functions they encode and consequently for the development of a typology based solely on the functions encoded in the grammatical systems… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2020 ‘Body’ and the relationship between verb and participantsBody Part Terms in Conceptualization and Language Usage, Kraska-Szlenk, Iwona (ed.), pp. 117–132 | Chapter
Heine and Kuteva (2004) list ‘reflexive’, ‘middle’, and ‘reciprocal’ as functions grammaticalized from the noun ‘body’ across languages. The present study, based on data from Pero (West Chadic), demonstrates the grammaticalization of one additional function, namely that of indicating that the… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2018 Locative predication in Chadic: Implications for linguistic theoryAfroasiatic: Data and perspectives, Tosco, Mauro (ed.), pp. 203–233 | Chapter
The aim of this study is to demonstrate that Proto-Chadic had a category ‘locative predication’ that was formally and semantically distinct from all other predications in the language. The proposed hypothesis, combined with the principle of functional transparency (Frajzyngier & Shay 2003), allows… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and Amina Mettouchi 2015 Functional domains and cross-linguistic comparabilityCorpus-based Studies of Lesser-described Languages: The CorpAfroAs corpus of spoken AfroAsiatic languages, Mettouchi, Amina, Martine Vanhove and Dominique Caubet (eds.), pp. 257–279 | Article
This paper investigates a strategy other than the one currently implemented in the CorpAfroAs project, allowing cross-linguistic comparison among multiple-language corpora. It involves comparing a database of functional domains and subdomains across languages. The underlying principle is that… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2013 Non-aprioristic typology as a discovery toolFunctional-Historical Approaches to Explanation: In honor of Scott DeLancey, Thornes, Tim, Erik Andvik, Gwendolyn Hyslop and Joana Jansen (eds.), pp. 3–26 | Article
Aprioristic approaches to typology, whether based on assumptions about cognition or real-world reference or on categories exhibited in a single language or groups of languages, are likely to overlook important functions that just happen to lie outside of the aprioristically assumed categories. The… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2010 Grammaticalization within and outside of a domainFormal Evidence in Grammaticalization Research, Van linden, An, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Kristin Davidse (eds.), pp. 43–62 | Article
The emergence of many grammatical categories cannot be explained in terms of the semantic properties of the source and the target or in terms of other cognitively based processes or language use such as metaphor, metonymy, usage and frequency of use. The term ‘grammaticalization’ refers here to the… read more
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the existence of the category ‘comment clause’ whose range of use by far exceeds the traditional comment-on-topic category. In addition to a topicalized noun, the comment clause may have in its scope an element in focus, an adverbial phrase, and most… read more
Lai, Vicky Tzuyin and Zygmunt Frajzyngier 2009 Change of functions of the first person pronouns in ChineseHistorical Linguistics 2007: Selected papers from the 18th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Montreal, 6–11 August 2007, Dufresne, Monique, Fernande Dupuis and Etleva Vocaj (eds.), pp. 223–232 | Article
In Classical Chinese, there were four first person pronouns: wu2, wo3, yu2, yu3, and a zero-pronoun1 with the following functions: wu2 was the default marking the speaker; wo3 coded contrast between the speaker and others; yu3 was used when talking about the speaker in connection with heaven,… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2008 One way of becoming a dative subjectInteraction of Morphology and Syntax: Case studies in Afroasiatic, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and Erin Shay (eds.), pp. 61–83 | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2008 Grammaticalization, typology and semantics: Expanding the agendaRethinking Grammaticalization: New perspectives, López-Couso, María José and Elena Seoane (eds.), pp. 61–102 | Article
The paper aims at providing an expanded model of grammaticalization, where the term is understood as the process through which a language develops grammatical means of coding various formal, semantic or pragmatic functional domains. It thus subsumes the traditional scope of grammaticalization, but… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and Erin Shay 2008 IntroductionInteraction of Morphology and Syntax: Case studies in Afroasiatic, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and Erin Shay (eds.), pp. 1–5 | Miscellaneous
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt, Marion Bond, Lori Heintzelman, Dan Keller, Saeko Ogihara and Erin Shay 2008 Towards an understanding of the progressive form in English: The Imperative as a heuristic toolModality–Aspect Interfaces: Implications and typological solutions, Abraham, Werner and Elisabeth Leiss (eds.), pp. 81–96 | Article
The general aim of the study is an exploration into the meaning of a grammatical form and the proofs of its meaning. The scope of this study is the form referred to as the “progressive aspect” in English. The absence of an imperative progressive is used as a heuristic tool in the determination of… read more
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2006 Grammaticalization of switch reference: Motivation and meansStudies in African Linguistic Typology, Voeltz, F.K. Erhard (ed.), pp. 113–130 | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2005 The principle of Functional Transparency in language structure and in language evolutionLinguistic Diversity and Language Theories, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt, Adam Hodges and David S. Rood (eds.), pp. 259–283 | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and David S. Rood 2005 IntroductionLinguistic Diversity and Language Theories, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt, Adam Hodges and David S. Rood (eds.), pp. vii ff. | Miscellaneous
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2002 System interaction in the coding of modalityModality and its Interaction with the Verbal System, Barbiers, Sjef, Frits Beukema and Wim van der Wurff (eds.), pp. 165–184 | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2001 Review of Hombert & Hyman (1999): Bantu Historical LinguisticsStudies in Language 25:3, pp. 657–663 | Review
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2000 Domains of point of view and coreferentiality: System interaction approach to the study of reflexivesReflexives: Forms and functions, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and Traci Walker (eds.), pp. 125 ff. | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2000 Coding of the reciprocal function: Two solutionsReciprocals: Forms and functions, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and Traci Walker (eds.), pp. 179 ff. | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 2000 IntroductionReflexives: Forms and functions, Frajzyngier, Zygmunt and Traci Walker (eds.), pp. vii ff. | Miscellaneous
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 1996 On Sources of Demonstratives and AnaphorsStudies in Anaphora, Fox, Barbara A. (ed.), pp. 169 ff. | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 1995 A Functional Theory of ComplementizersModality in Grammar and Discourse, Bybee, Joan L. and Suzanne Fleischman (eds.), pp. 473 ff. | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 1994 Review of Noonan (1992): A grammar of LangoStudies in Language 18:1, pp. 230–234 | Review
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 1991 The de dicto domain in languageApproaches to Grammaticalization: Volume I. Theoretical and methodological issues, Traugott, Elizabeth Closs and Bernd Heine (eds.), pp. 219 ff. | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 1987 The relative clause in Proto-ChadicProceedings of the Fourth International Hamito-Semitic Congress, Jungraithmayr, Herrmann and Walter W. Mueller (eds.), pp. 425–450 | Article
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 1987 Truth and the Compositionality Principle: A Reply to PalmerStudies in Language 11:1, pp. 211–217 | Miscellaneous
Frajzyngier, Zygmunt 1985 Truth and the Indicative SentenceStudies in Language 9:2, pp. 243–254 | Article