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Dissertation Information

Title: Passive and Perspective Add Dissertation
Author: Louise Cornelis Update Dissertation
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Institution: Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
Completed in: 1997
Linguistic Subfield(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Director(s): P. van den Hoven
Arie Verhagen

Abstract: The passive construction in Dutch represents a long- stand- ing problem both in linguistics and in written communicat- ion. This book proposes a new analysis of the passive in Dutch, integrating insights from theoretical (especially cognitive) linguistics and rhetoric/composition.

The point of departure is the observation that the Dutch passive has a demonstrable perspective effect in texts: by means of the passive, you can avoid identification with the agent, and this is the meaning of the passive construction. This meaning forms the basis for a solution to a number of text problems, including the problem of how to best use the passive in computer manuals.

We can also understand the passive's role in specific texts. For example, it becomes clear why policy paper writers use so many passives. Finally, in one of the case studies it is shown why passives are used differently in the NRC Han- delsblad, a daily newspaper from Rotterdam, and the Parool, from Amsterdam, when they both report that Ajax (from Amsterdam) became the national soccer champion.