Inverse and symmetrical voice: On languages with two transitive constructions

Haude, Katharina; Zúñiga, Fernando (2016). Inverse and symmetrical voice: On languages with two transitive constructions. Linguistics, 54(3), pp. 443-481. De Gruyter 10.1515/ling-2016-0009

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In voice and alignment typology, a categorical distinction is generally made between inverse systems on the one hand and symmetrical voice systems on the other. A major reason for distinguishing between these two types is the assumption that inverse systems are governed by a hierarchy involving grammatical, semantic, and ontological criteria, while symmetrical voice systems are based on discourse-pragmatic factors. However, the two types also have several important properties in common, in particular the fact that they have more than one nonderived transitive construction. Based on data from three native languages of South America, we show that the line between the two types is not always easy to draw, and that features of the inverse type can coexist with those of the symmetrical-voice type in the same language.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

1613-396X

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Projects:

[150] Mapudungun and Blackfoot: Inverse morphology and three-participant clauses Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2016 15:03

Last Modified:

11 May 2017 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/ling-2016-0009

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.84357

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/84357

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