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The volume's central concern is grammatical voice, traditionally known as diathesis, and its classical manifestations as Active, Middle, and Passive. While numerous problems in the meaning, syntax, and morphology of these categories in Indo-European remain unsolved, their counterparts in more exotic languages have raised still further questions. What discourse functions and diachronic events unite 'voice' as a recognizable phenomenon across languages? How are they typically grammaticalized? What stages do ...
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Overview

The volume's central concern is grammatical voice, traditionally known as diathesis, and its classical manifestations as Active, Middle, and Passive. While numerous problems in the meaning, syntax, and morphology of these categories in Indo-European remain unsolved, their counterparts in more exotic languages have raised still further questions. What discourse functions and diachronic events unite 'voice' as a recognizable phenomenon across languages? How are they typically grammaticalized? What stages do children go through in learning them? How does 'voice' link up with ergativity and with other categories and constructions such as the Inverse and the Antipassive?
The authors in this volume have different perspectives on these problems: they discuss voice, e.g., from a typological-universal view, in relation to language acquisition and to ergativity, and from diachronic and cross-linguistic perspectives.
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Abbreviations
Introduction
Active Voice and Middle Diathesis: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective 1
Voice, Aspect and Aktionsart: Middle and Passive in Ancient Greek 23
A Functional Typology of Antipassives 49
Voice: Beyond Control and Affectedness 89
The Rise of the English GET-Passive 119
Passive Participles across Languages 151
Middle Voice, Transitivity, and the Elaboration of Events 179
On "Middle Voice" Verbs in Mandarin 231
The Implications of Ergativity for a Philippine Voice System 247
A Tale of Two Passives in Irish 279
The Tupi-Guarani Inverse 313
Passives and Alternatives in Children's Narratives in English, Spanish, German, and Turkish 341
Index of Languages 365
Index of Subjects 369
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