LINGUIST List 14.1364

Mon May 12 2003

Qs: Semantic Restrictions

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  1. Seth Minkoff, Semantic restrictions on passive or other "voices"

Message 1: Semantic restrictions on passive or other "voices"

Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 21:51:14 +0000
From: Seth Minkoff <>
Subject: Semantic restrictions on passive or other "voices"

Dear Linguist readers:

I am looking for any references on literature dealing with semantic
restrictions on passive, dative shift, antipassive, or other ''voice
alternations'' (in any language): for example, works addressing the
unacceptability of sentences like (1) - (2).

(1) *Mary was resembled by Sally. (cf. Sally resembled Mary.)
(2) *Mary sent the store Sally. (cf. Mary sent Sally to the store.)

I will post a summary of responses. Thank you for your consideration.


Seth A. Minkoff
Hispanic Studies
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