By Artemis Alexiadou,Elena Anagnostopoulou,Florian Schäfer,fer

This e-book is an exploration of the syntax of exterior arguments in transitivity alternations from a cross-linguistic standpoint. It focuses rather at the causative/anticausative alternation, which the authors take to be a Voice alternation, and the formation of adjectival participles. The authors use info largely from English, German, and Greek to illustrate that the presence of anticausative morphology doesn't have any truth-conditional results, but
that marked anticausatives contain extra constitution than their unmarked opposite numbers. This morphology is as a result argued to be linked to a semantically inert Voice head that the authors name 'expletive Voice'. The authors additionally suggest that passive formation isn't really exact throughout languages, and
that the excellence among aim vs. end result kingdom participles is essential in knowing the contribution of Voice in adjectival passives.

The ebook offers the instruments required to enquire the morphosyntactic constitution of verbs and participles, and to spot the homes of verbal alternations throughout languages. will probably be of curiosity to theoretical linguists from graduate point upwards, quite these focusing on morphosyntax and typology.

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