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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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(p.967) Chapter 60 Voice
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Michela Cennamo

Oxford University Press

The main goal of this chapter is to provide a descriptive and critical overview of the some of the issues related to voice in Romance, covering such areas as the restructuring of Latin voice distinctions; source, range, and distribution of different Romance passive auxiliaries; the marking of aspectual distinctions; dative and oblique passives and participle agreement patterns; deontic passives; antipassive; anticausative; impersonal passive; impersonal constructions. Specific topics dealt with include: voice and transitivity; voice and argument linking in the transition to Romance; voice distinctions in late Latin; marking and linking of core arguments; passive auxiliaries in the transition to Romance; reflexive constructions; reflexives and middles/anticausatives; passive and impersonal/indefinite reflexives; passive vs impersonal/indefinite reflexives: morphosyntactic and pragmatic constraints; grammatical domains; nature of the subject; temporal-aspectual constraints; interpretation of impersonal SE; passive and impersonal periphrases; constraints and variation; impersonal passives; impersonal actives; indefinite markers.

Keywords:   voice, passive, auxiliaries, agent, instrument, deontic passives, antipassive, anticausative, impersonal

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