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Title: Transitivity Alternations in Diachrony: Changes in Argument Structure and Voice Morphology
Written By: Nikolaos Lavidas

Τhis book offers a new approach to the theory of change in argument
structure and voice morphology. It investigates the diachrony of
transitivity, and especially the changes in causative verbs and
transitivity alternations, based on data mainly from the Greek and English
diachrony (all historical data are transcribed and accompanied by glosses
and translations into Modern English). Data from earlier periods provide
new information on burning questions in both Historical and Theoretical
Linguistics. The study shows that (a) causativisations are the result of
reanalysis of intransitive verbs as transitive on the basis of the
linguistic cue of Case; (b) the changes in voice morphology do not depend
on the derivation and direction of new transitivity alternations. Finally,
the study demonstrates that the generalisation that guides the changes in
voice demands morphological differentiation of the anticausative from the
passive types.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Greek, Modern
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781443817493
Pages: 325
Prices: U.K. £ 44.99