Demoting the Agent: Passive, middle and other voice by Benjamin Lyngfelt, Torgrim Solstad

By Benjamin Lyngfelt, Torgrim Solstad

Passives, middles, and different voice phenomena are matters on the middle of contemporary linguistic study. This quantity brings jointly varied views on voice diverse theoretical viewpoints, diversified languages, and other kinds of voice phenomena. The 11 articles every one make a worthwhile contribution to the continued dialogue, providing new information, new analyses, and bringing new gentle to long-standing matters. together, they current a multi-faceted and but coherent photograph of the subjects to hand.

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The authors mention in a footnote (SAG 4: 390) that bli-passives show a statistical tendency to take animate subjects. . In Swedish, the future tense is often expressed by the present tense, in this case blir. 13 The passive in (20b), det blir gjort (it gets done), is a very common expression, used when you want to emphasise the importance of the event being completed. Consider also the example in (21a), taken from the PAROLE corpus. (21) a. Det var brev som skulle skrivas men de blir inte skrivna.

Farli’s paper expresses similar ideas to the ones found in Construction Grammar but his notion of syntactic frame is closer to the kind of structure assumed in the Minimalist program. 24 (1534-1636) Elisabet Engdahl References Åfarli, Tor (2006). Passive and argument structure. ), Passivization and Typology, Form and Function (pp. 373–382). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Anward, Jan (1981). Functions of Passive and Impersonal Constructions. A Case Study from Swedish. D. dissertation. Department of Linguistics, Uppsala.

This is rather surprising, especially given the fact that agent oriented adverbials are possible in impersonal passives, as shown above. Just as in the case of impersonal passives, the restriction barring agent oriented adverbials in presentational constructions must be a syntactic constraint on what may appear in the core clause. university several of them rather motvilligt. ” While discussing locative inversion, Levin and Rappaport Hovav (1995: 259) mention that adverbs like voluntarily are infelicitous in English presentational constructions.

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