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The Typology of Semantic Alignment$
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Mark Donohue and Søren Wichmann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.001.0001

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Argument dereferentialization in Lakota

Argument dereferentialization in Lakota

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(p.334) 13 Argument dereferentialization in Lakota
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The Typology of Semantic Alignment
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Regina Pustet (Contributor Webpage)

David S. Rood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.003.0013

Lakota has been claimed to lack structural devices by means of which arguments can be foregrounded, such as with passives. However, recent field data show that in addition to various backgrounding constructions, Lakota has a construction which functions very much like an English passive in which the agent is present.

Keywords:   passive, impersonal, foregrounding, backgrounding, discourse salience, Lakota

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