Voice And V: Lessons From Acehnese

Paperback | October 24, 2014

byJulie Anne Legate

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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.

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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 semantical...

Julie Anne Legate is Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.44 inPublished:October 24, 2014Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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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.