Article published in:Non-Canonical Passives
Edited by Artemis Alexiadou and Florian Schäfer
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 205] 2013
► pp. 337–358
(Non-)canonical passives and reflexives
Deponents and their like
This paper highlights similarities between two classes of arguably non-canonical passives, namely ‘deponent’ verbs familiar from Latin, and ‘inherent reflexive’ verbs in Germanic and Romance, arguing that the latter are the counterparts of the former – notably, both classes of verbs are denominal/deadjectival. Building on the idea that overt morphological voice markings reflect feature distinctions associated with v0 in the syntax, I argue that the special ‘unaccusative’ morphology (i.e. reflexive or non-active) doesn’t just bear on the absence of an external argument in the syntax, but on the presence of an actor-initiation feature of v0 in syntactic configurations lacking an external argument, which accounts for facts such as the ubiquity of reflexive marking across inherent and non-inherent reflexive predicates, and others.
Published online: 28 March 2013
Cited by 6 other publications
Czypionka, Anna, Laura Dörre & Josef Bayer
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