Passivization and Typology

Form and function

Werner Abraham | University of Vienna
Larisa Leisiö | University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027229809 | EUR 145.00 | USD 218.00
ISBN 9789027293251 | 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
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“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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