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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Constructional Effects of Involuntary and Inanimate Agents: A cross-linguistic study Add Dissertation
Author: Stefanie Fauconnier Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Leuven, Doctoral School of Linguistics
Completed in: 2012
Linguistic Subfield(s): Typology;
Director(s): Jean-Christophe Verstraete

Abstract: This dissertation investigates morpho-syntactic phenomena associated with
the presence of involuntary and inanimate Agents. On the basis of a 200
language sample, it is argued that these phenomena are very diverse
cross-linguistically. They do not only include the use of special case
marking (Differential Agent Marking), but also the use of verbal markers
normally associated with anticausative voice or completive aspect. Apart
from describing these phenomena, the dissertation also investigates how
they can be explained from a functional perspective.

The results of this study can have implications for linguistic theory. It
is argued, for instance, that the relationship between the Agent and the
Patient role is not one of polar opposites, as is often assumed, and that
the Silverstein Hierarchy has a number of important flaws.