Voice and v : Lessons from Acehnese Volume 69 Paperback / softback
Part of the Linguistic Inquiry Monographs series
An investigation of the syntactic structure of voice and v, using Acehnese (Malayo-Polynesian) as the empirical starting point. In Voice and v, Julie Anne Legate investigates the syntactic structure of voice, using Acehnese as the empirical starting point.
A central claim is that voice is encoded in a functional projection, VoiceP, which is distinct from, and higher than, vP.
Legate further claims that VoiceP may be associated with phi-features that semantically restrict the external argument position but do not saturate it.
Through minor variations in the properties of VoiceP, Legate explains a wide range of non-canonical voice constructions, including: agent-agreeing passives, grammatical object passives, impersonals, object voice constructions, and applicative voice in causatives.
Her analysis draws on data from a typologically diverse set of languages, not only Malayo-Polynesian, but also Celtic, Scandinavian, and Slavic.
Voice and v provides a detailed investigation into the syntactic structure of an understudied Malayo-Polynesian language, and thereby reveals important insights for the theoretical analysis of voice and the verb phrase.
Moreover, the work applies and broadens these insights to a range of related passive-like constructions crosslinguistically.
Voice and v thus joins a handful of model volumes that enlist typological depth and breadth to further our development of modern linguistic theory.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/10/2014
- Category: Grammar, syntax
- ISBN: 9780262526609