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Title: Voice and Grammatical Relations
Subtitle: In Honor of Masayoshi Shibatani
Edited By: Tasaku Tsunoda
Taro Kageyama
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2065
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 65

This volume presents thirteen original papers dealing with various aspects
of two related areas of research of major concern to linguists of all
theoretical persuasions: voice and grammatical relations. The papers are
written from typological, functional, and cognitive perspectives, and
contain a number of general studies as well as studies focusing on specific
issues, and offer a wealth of data from a broad range of languages. The
volume provides up-to-date discussions of an array of issues of theoretical
concern, including the nature of grammatical relations, voice in
agent/patient systems, the expression vs. non-expression of participant
roles, and personal vs. impersonal passives. The papers in the volume
demonstrate that investigations into the nature of voice and grammatical
relations can still yield fresh theoretical and typological insights.

Table of contents

List of contributors ix–x

Preface xi–xiii

Selected bibliography of Masayoshi Shibatani xv–xviii

The Hawaiian passive/imperative particle
Kenneth William Cook 1–14

Indiscrete grammatical relations: The Lunda passive
T. Givón and Boniface Kawasha 15–41

Valency sets in Kashmiri
Peter Edwin Hook and Omkar N. Koul 43–84

Property description as a voice phenomenon
Taro Kageyama 85–114

Dimensions of defocusing
Ronald W. Langacker 115–137

On grammatical relations as constraints on referent identification
Randy J. LaPolla 139–151

Participant roles, thematic roles and syntactic relations
Christian Lehmann 153–174

Information focus in relational clause structure
Elena S. Maslova 175–194

Voice without subjects, objects, or obliques: Manipulating argument
structure in Agent/Patient systems (Mohawk)
Marianne Mithun 195–216

Chukchi reciprocals (with an appendix on Koryak and Itelmen)
Vladimir P. Nedjalkov 217–246

The regular and the extended comitative reciprocal construction,
illustrated from German
Frans Plank 247–270

Auxiliation of 'give' verbs in Russian: Discourse evidence for
Vera I. Podlesskaya 271–298

Reflexive and middle constructions of Warrungu (Australia)
Tasaku Tsunoda 299–333

Language index 335–336

Name index 337–338

Subject index 339–342

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Chukot
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229767
ISBN-13: 9789027229762
Pages: 342
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