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Title: Demoting the Agent
Subtitle: Passive, middle and other voice phenomena
Edited By: Benjamin Lyngfelt
Torgrim Solstad
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2096
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 96

Passives, middles, and other voice phenomena are issues at the core of
modern linguistic research. This volume brings together different
perspectives on voice – different theoretical viewpoints, different
languages, and different kinds of voice phenomena. The eleven articles each
make a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion, offering new data,
new analyses, and bringing new light to long-standing issues. In
combination, they present a multi-faceted and yet coherent picture of the
topics at hand.

Table of contents

List of contributors vii–viii
Preface ix–x
Perspectives on demotion: Introduction to the volume
Torgrim Solstad and Benjamin Lyngfelt 1–20
Semantic and syntactic patterns in Swedish passives
Elisabet Engdahl 21–45
The Eastern Khanty locative-agent constructions: A functional
discourse-pragmatic perspective
Andrey Filtchenko 47–82
Agent back-grounding as a functional domain: Reflexivization and
passivization in Czech and Russian
Mirjam Fried 83–109
Invisible arguments: Effects of demotion in Estonian and Finnish
Elsi Kaiser and Virve-Anneli Vihman 111–141
Argument demotion as feature suppression
Dalina Kallulli 143–166
A comparative view of the requirement for adverbial modification in middles
Marika Lekakou 167–196
From passive to active: Syntactic change in progress in Icelandic
Joan Maling 197–223
The relation between information structure, syntactic structure and passive
Anneliese Pitz 225–248
Syntax and semantics of the deontic WANT-passive in Italo-Romance
Eva-Maria Remberger 249–274
Agentivity and the virtual reflexive construction
Nola M. Stephens 275–300
Arguments in middles
Thomas Stroik 301–326
Language index 327
Name index 329–330
Subject index 331–333

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Czech
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9789027233608
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 333
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