Subjects in Acehnese and the nature of the passive

  title={Subjects in Acehnese and the nature of the passive},
  author={Julie Anne Legate},
  pages={495 - 525}
  • J. Legate
  • Published 7 September 2012
  • Linguistics
  • Language
This article reexamines a controversial construction in Acehnese (Lawler 1977 versus Durie 1988). I demonstrate that the construction is a passive, even though a verbal prefix bears the features of the agent rather than the surface subject. I analyze the prefix as a morphological realization of the functional head that introduces the external argument; the features borne by this head are not agreement, but rather interpretable features that restrict the external argument position. Important… 
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