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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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Voice and transitivity in Guaraní

Voice and transitivity in Guaraní

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(p.380) 15 Voice and transitivity in Guaraní
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The Typology of Semantic Alignment
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Maura Velázquez‐castillo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.003.0015

This chapter shows that the closest equivalents to voice alternations in Guarani cut across the transitive divide and respond to spatial relations between events and event participants. The constructions at issue, previously labeled ‘reflexive/passive’ and ‘inverse’, are sensitive to viewpoint and levels of proximity between the predicate and its arguments within inactive situations, and to deviations from the default outward directionality of active events.

Keywords:   voice, viewpoint, transitivity, space, reflexive, passive, inverse

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