Grammatical Voice

  title={Grammatical Voice},
  author={Fernando Z{\'u}{\~n}iga and Seppo Kittil{\"a}},

Estimative constructions in crosslinguistic perspective

Abstract This article deals with estimative (also called ‘tropative’) constructions meaning ‘find/consider X to be Y’, where Y stands for a noun or an adjective. It systematically investigates

Chapter For better and/or for worse: Complexity and person hierarchies

Criteria are proposed here for measuring hierarchical patterns in their own terms and more generally for describing relational, linear, and blueprint-driven properties of grammar.

How do middle voice markers and valency reducing constructions interact? Typological tendencies and diachronic considerations

Abstract Middle voice markers are highly polyfunctional items that, among other things, also perform a range of valency-changing operations such as anticausativization and reflexivization.

Increasing the valency of motion verbs: the case of the portative construction

Abstract This paper surveys the valency-increasing constructions that apply to motion verbs in 49 genetically diverse languages. These include causative constructions, a variety of applicative

Semantic typology of voice systems in Western Malayo-Polynesian languages

  • A. Utsumi
  • Linguistics
    STUF - Language Typology and Universals
  • 2022
Abstract Western Malayo-Polynesian (WMP) languages exhibit inner diversity with regard to voice systems. While some lack verbal morphology encoding voice alternations, others demonstrate so-called

Lexical restrictions on grammatical relations in voice and valency constructions

Abstract This paper introduces the topic and the contributions of this special issue. While lexical restrictions are well-studied for grammatical relations defining argument coding (case marking and

Linguistic Typology

  • 2021




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Deixis and alignment

This book proposes a notion of inverse that differs from two widespread positions found in descriptive and typological studies (one of them restrictive and structure-oriented, the other broad and

Passive and middle in Indo-European

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Affected Experiencers

Numerous languages permit an NP that is not selected by the verb to be added to a clause, with several different possible interpretations. We divide such non-selected arguments into possessor,

A Grammar of Mapuche

Mapuche is the language of the Mapuche (or Araucanians), the indigenous inhabitants of central Chile. It is spoken by about 400,000 people in Chile and 40,000 in Argentina. The relationship with

Symmetrical Voice and Linking in Western Austronesian Languages

This book is an in-depth study of the voice systems of Totoli, Balinese, Indonesian, and Tagalog, which shows that the symmetrical nature of these systems poses a problem to current linking theories.

Markedness, Grammar, People, and the World

In the study of markedness, there are two possible approaches to explaining markedness. On the one hand, one could simply say that markedness is a formal property of grammars, at best to be explained