It follows from our definition that the examples in (5) are instances of reciprocal constructions whereas those in (6) are not, since the symmetry is either spelled out in a sequence of clauses or expressed by lexical means: (8)
In defining reciprocal constructions with the help of the more basic symmetric predicates, our typology makes certain predictions: We assume that (a) such basic symmetric predicates can be found in all languages of the world, (b) that they will receive parsimonious coding when they are used in reciprocal constructions, and (c) that they will play an important role in the historical development of reciprocal morphology.
With plural subjects these predicates invariably allow a symmetric interpretation even if they are not followed by the reciprocal "anaphor" each other or one another.
Note furthermore that it is the symmetric preposition with that tends to be omissible in connection with reciprocal constructions of certain verbs.
In delimiting our field of inquire and in defining the third of comparison for our crosslinguistic study in terms of a semantic property (SYMMETRY, AUTO-CONVERSENESS), we are only looking at the core area of reciprocal constructions and are probably excluding a periphery with specific syntactic and semantic properties.
Since there is no generally accepted, reasonably comprehensive typology of reciprocal constructions available, we will draw a preliminary distinction between different types in analogy to the well-known typology formulated by Faltz (1985) for reflexives:
A reciprocal is the ideal vehicle from which to launch such risk financing, group insurance and reinsurance purchase initiatives.
Subscribers to an industrial insured group reciprocal captive must meet the definition of an industrial insured.
Reserve the name of the reciprocal with Vermont's secretary of state and clear it with the Vermont Insurance Department to ensure that it will be available.
The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Healthcare Administration will require that a formal application be submitted for the reciprocal.
Vermont reciprocal insurers are required to maintain at all times free capital surplus of not less than $1 million