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Middle voice and ideophones, a diachronic connection: the case of Yurakaré


Van Gijn, Rik (2010). Middle voice and ideophones, a diachronic connection: the case of Yurakaré. Studies in Language, 34(2):273-297.

Abstract

Kemmer (1993) argues that middle voice markers almost always arise diachronically through the semantic extension of a reflexive marker to other semantic uses related to reflexive. In this paper I will argue for an alternative diachronic path that has led to the development of the middle marker in Yurakaré (unclassified, Bolivia): through ideophone-verb constructions. Taking this perspective helps explain a number of synchronic peculiarities of the middle marker in Yurakaré, and it introduces a previously unnoticed channel for middle voice markers to arise.

Abstract

Kemmer (1993) argues that middle voice markers almost always arise diachronically through the semantic extension of a reflexive marker to other semantic uses related to reflexive. In this paper I will argue for an alternative diachronic path that has led to the development of the middle marker in Yurakaré (unclassified, Bolivia): through ideophone-verb constructions. Taking this perspective helps explain a number of synchronic peculiarities of the middle marker in Yurakaré, and it introduces a previously unnoticed channel for middle voice markers to arise.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:13 Nov 2013 09:06
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:08
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
ISSN:0378-4177
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.34.2.02gij

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