Voice and Argument Structure in Baltic

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  • Editors: Axel Holvoet1, and Nicole Nau2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027267955

The second volume in the VARGReB series deals with voice in the wider sense, encompassing both alternations that preserve semantic valency, with passives as the most typical instance, and valency-changing devices such as the causative. Regarding the former, special attention is given to event-structural conditions on passivization, non-canonical passives, and the relation between passives and (active) impersonals. Papers dealing with causatives focus on valency patterns and argument marking in canonical as well as extended uses of causative morphology. Other articles consider converse constructions and the argument structure of middles, which seem to hold a position between voice in the narrow sense and valency-changing operations. An introductory article provides background information on the repertoire of voice alternations in Baltic from a cross-linguistic perspective. Representing different approaches and methods, the contributions to this volume offer fine-grained analyses of data from contemporary Latvian and Lithuanian.

Subjects: Semantics; Morphology; Theoretical linguistics; Slavic linguistics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Warsaw & Vilnius University; 2: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan & Vilnius University

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