Voice: Form and Function

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| University of Colorado, Boulder
| Carnegie Mellon University
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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.
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Table of Contents
Abbreviations
vii
Introduction
ix
Active Voice and Middle Diathesis: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective
Manuel Arce-Arenales, Melissa Axelrod and Barbara A. Fox
1
Voice, Aspect and Aktionsart: Middle and Passive in Ancient Greek
Egbert J. Bakker
23
A Functional Typology of Antipassives
Ann Cooreman
49
Voice: Beyond Control and Affectedness
William A. Croft
89
The Rise of the English GET-Passive
T. Givón and Lynne Yang
119
Passive Participles across Languages
Martin Haspelmath
151
Middle Voice, Transitivity, and the Elaboration of Events
Suzanne Kemmer
179
On “Middle Voice” Verbs in Mandarin
Charles N. Li and Sandra A. Thompson
231
The Implications of Ergativity for a Philippine Voice System
Marianne Mithun
247
A Tale of Two Passives in Irish
Michael Noonan
279
The Tupí-Guaraní Inverse
Doris L. Payne
313
Passives and Alternatives in Children’s Narratives in English, Spanish, German, and Turkish
341
Index of Languages
365
Index of Subjects
369
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  93037185