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Passive without passive morphology? Evidence from Manggarai

Arka, I Wayan; Kosmas, Jeladu


Introduction: This paper deals with a passive like construction in Manggarai2 which appears to be typologically unusual because it has no specific verbal passive morphology on the verb. Rather than marking on the verb, the passive in Manggarai is marked on the Agent argument analytically, i.e. by means of the preposition le, which can get shortened as l=.3 This is illustrated by sentences in (1): sentence (1a) is a canonical sentence with the Agent coming before the verb and sentence (1b) is a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Conference paper
Book Title: The many faces of Austronesian voice systems: some new empirical studies


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