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Grammatical Voice : Cambridge Studies in Linguistics - M.H. Klaiman

Grammatical Voice

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

By: M.H. Klaiman, P. Austin (Editor), J. Bresnan (Editor), B. Comrie (Editor), S. Crain (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521360012
Number Of Pages: 344

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Categories of the verb in natural languages include tense, aspect, modality (mood), and voice. Among these, voice, in its rich and diverse manifestations, is perhaps the most complex. But most prior research concentrates on only certain types, predominantly passives. Voice expresses relations between a predicate and a set of nominal positions - or their referents - in a clause or other structure. Grammatical voice is the first typological study of voice systems based on a multi-language survey. It introduces a threefold classification of voice types, in the first place distinguishing passivisation phenomena (derived voice) from active-middle systems (basic voice); and further, distinguishing each of these from pragmatically grounded voice behaviours, such as focus and inverse systems. As the first comprehensive study of voice systems and voice typology, this book makes a significant contribution to current research in linguistics and grammatical theory.

The study of voice
Middle voice and basic voice systems
Control and voice
Inverse voice systems
Information-salience voice systems
Toward a theory of voice
Appendix: Approaches to voice analysis
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ISBN: 9780521360012
ISBN-10: 0521360013
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 29th November 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.68

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