Voice Marking and Case Marking Systems

Jeudi 28 Juin 2018, 16:00 to 18:00
Edward Keenan (UCLA, invité Labex EFL)
Heather Burnett (LLF)

ODG – Salle 311

Edward Keenan (UCLA)
Voice Marking and Case Marking Systems

The syntactic role of rich voice systems (Philippines, Malagasy, Kwakwala), anti-passive in ergative languages (Mayan; Djirbal) and applicatives (in e.g. Bantu). Voice marking, in both nominative and ergative languages may function to make verbal arguments accessible to relative clause formation (usually head initial; in one case we know of head final; no head internal to our knowledge).  Advancement of obliques to object feeds passive which feeds relative clause formation. 


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