Article published in:Transitivity: Form, Meaning, Acquisition, and Processing
Edited by Patrick Brandt and Marco García García
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 166] 2010
► pp. 191–208
The space between one and two
Transitives, intransitives and the middle voice
In this paper I will discuss Kemmer’s (1993) middle map, a semantic map covering semantic concepts like Reflexivity, Reciprocity and the Passive. Her claim is that those middle meanings serve as a bridge between the categories of Two-Participant events and One-Participant events, the semantic counterparts of transitive and intransitive verbs, respectively. However, in this paper it will be argued that there is no such bridging function; there is a direct connection between Two-Participant and One-Participant events.
Published online: 17 November 2010
Cited by 3 other publications
Mitkovska, Liljana & Eleni Bužarovska
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