Voice: Form and Function
The volume's central concern is grammatical voice, traditionally known as diathesis, and its classical manifestations as Active, Middle, and Passive. While numerous problems in the meaning, syntax, and morphology of these categories in Indo-European remain unsolved, their counterparts in more exotic languages have raised still further questions. What discourse functions and diachronic events unite 'voice' as a recognizable phenomenon across languages? How are they typically grammaticalized? What stages do children go through in learning them? How does 'voice' link up with ergativity and with other categories and constructions such as the Inverse and the Antipassive? The authors in this volume have different perspectives on these problems: they discuss voice, e.g., from a typological-universal view, in relation to language acquisition and to ergativity, and from diachronic and cross-linguistic perspectives.
[Typological Studies in Language, 27] 1994. xiii, 377 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Abbreviations | p. vii
Introduction | p. ix
Active Voice and Middle Diathesis: A Cross-Linguistic PerspectiveManuel Arce-Arenales, Melissa Axelrod and Barbara A. Fox | p. 1
Voice, Aspect and Aktionsart: Middle and Passive in Ancient GreekEgbert J. Bakker | p. 23
A Functional Typology of AntipassivesAnn Cooreman | p. 49
Voice: Beyond Control and AffectednessWilliam A. Croft | p. 89
The Rise of the English GET-PassiveT. Givón and Lynne Yang | p. 119
Passive Participles across LanguagesMartin Haspelmath | p. 151
Middle Voice, Transitivity, and the Elaboration of EventsSuzanne Kemmer | p. 179
On “Middle Voice” Verbs in MandarinCharles N. Li and Sandra A. Thompson | p. 231
The Implications of Ergativity for a Philippine Voice SystemMarianne Mithun | p. 247
A Tale of Two Passives in IrishMichael Noonan | p. 279
The Tupí-Guaraní InverseDoris L. Payne | p. 313
Passives and Alternatives in Children’s Narratives in English, Spanish, German, and Turkish | p. 341
Index of Languages | p. 365
Index of Subjects | p. 369
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