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Julie Legate: "Noncanonical Passives"
April 18, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm |
Abstract: In this talk, I investigate the syntactic structure of voice, focusing on noncanonical passives; I build on previous work by myself and others showing that voice is encoded in a functional projection, VoiceP, which is distinct from, and higher than, vP. I demonstrate that microvariation in the properties of VoiceP explains a wide range of noncanonical passives, including agent-agreeing passives, restricted agent passives, accusative object passives, impersonals, and object voice. The analysis draws on data from a typologically diverse set of languages.
Julie Legate is Associate Professor of Linguistics at University of Pennsylvania.