Voice And V: Lessons From Acehnese by Julie Anne Legate

Voice And V: Lessons From Acehnese

byJulie Anne Legate

Paperback | October 24, 2014

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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.

About The Author

Julie Anne Legate is Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Title:Voice And V: Lessons From AcehneseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.44 inPublished:October 24, 2014Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262526603

ISBN - 13:9780262526609

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Legate develops a new analysis of passives and impersonals that captures their syntactic behavior within and across languages with a focus on one of the most controversial areas: Austronesian voice alternations. Her book is compellingly and elegantly argued and makes an important contribution to fundamental questions about how arguments are syntactically connected to their predicates.