Passivization and Typology

Form and function

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ISBN 9789027229809 | EUR 145.00 | USD 218.00
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Is the passive a unified universal phenomenon? The claim derived from this volume is that the passive, if not universal, has become unified according to function. Language as a means of communication needs the passive, or passive-like constructions, and sooner or later develops them based on other voices (impersonal active, middle, reflexive), specific semantic meanings such as adversativity, or tense-aspect categories (stative,perfect, preterit). Certain contributors review the passives in various languages and language groups, including languages rarely discussed. Another group of contributors takes a novel theoretical approach toward passivization within a broad typological perspective. Among the languages discussed are Vedic, Irish, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Lithuanian, Mordvin, and Nganasan, next to almost all European languages. Various theoretical frameworks such as Optimality Theory, Modern Structuralist Approaches, Role and Reference Grammar, Cognitive Semantics, Distributed Morphology, and Case Grammar have been applied by the different authors.
[Typological Studies in Language, 68]  2006.  x, 553 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Contributor's addresses
Introduction: Passivization and typology: Form vs. function - a confined survey into the research status quo
Werner Abraham
Active–passive and reflexives
Passives in Lithuanian (in comparison with Russian)
Emma Š. Geniušienė
Passive and middle in Indo-European: Reconstructing the early Vedic passive paradigm
Leonid Kulikov
Triggers — aspectual, semantic, and discourse-pragmatic: case studies
Pragmatic nature of Mandarin passive-like constructions
Marja Peltomaa
Development of thùuk passive marker in Thai
Amara Prasithrathsint
The passives of Modern Irish
Brian Nolan
The passive in Erzya-Mordvin folklore
Merja Salo
Grammatical voice and tense-aspect in Slavic
Jun-ichi Toyota and Melisa Mustafović
Passive in Nganasan
Larisa Leisiö
Actor demotion
'Agent defocusing' revisited: Passive and impersonal constructions in some European languages
Andrea Sansó
Relations between Actor-demoting devices in Lithuanian: Dedicated to Emma Geniusiene
Björn Wiemer
Grammaticalization in long-term diachrony
The rise and grammaticalization paths of Latin fieri and facere as passive auxiliaries
Michela Cennamo
Grammatical relations in passive clauses: A diachronic perspective
T. Givón
Argument structure and case
Two types of detransitive constructions in the dialects of Japanese
Kan Sasaki and Akie Yamazaki
Passive and argument structure
Tor A. Åfarli
Case-driven agree, EPP, and passive in Turkish
Balkız Öztürk
A unique feature of the direct passive in Japanese
Kenichi Ariji
Actor demotion
Passive as a feature-suppression operation
Dalina Kallulli
Event semantics — Aspectual and semantic triggers
The compositional nature of the passive: Syntactic vs. event semantic triggers. "Argument Hypothesis" vs. "Aspect Hypothesis"
Werner Abraham
The impersonal passive: voice suspended under aspectual conditions
Werner Abraham and Elisabeth Leiss
Simple preterit and composite perfect tense: The role of the adjectival passive
Monika Rathert
Author index
Subject index
“Der Band wird linguistisch gut Eingearbeitete und vor allem Typologen ansprechen. Die vertretenen Sprachen ergeben, soweit wie überseebar ist, ein viel vollständigeres Bild zur Passivkonstruktion als in bisher erschienenen Werken zum Thema. Bemerkenswert is auch, dass die Einleitung (aus der hand Abrahams) sich nicht mit der Aufzählung der einzelne Beiträge und ihrer Kurzwiedergabe begnügt, sondern ein sehr weites Spektrum an Beobachtungen und theoretisch dimensionierten Lösungen zum Thema bestreicht – gewiss originell und zu Nachahmung emfehlbar.”
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