Nonactive voice in Hebrew and elsewhere: Between unaccusativity and agentivity.

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Abstract

Two verbal templates in Modern Hebrew allow for any kind of verbal construction, except for a simple transitive verb. Unaccusatives, reflexives, reciprocals and unergatives that take an obligatory indirect object are all attested, but transitive verbs are not allowed. I discuss what the morphology of these templates actually signals, given that external arguments and internal arguments are both possible. Working in Distributed Morphology, I propose that a number of functional heads conspire to produce the existing alternations in argument structure, with implications for theories of anticausativization, reflexivization and reciprocalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference
Pages167-176
Volume22
Edition1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2016

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