The Middle Voice in Baltic

ORCID logoAxel Holvoet | Vilnius University
ISBN 9789027205643 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027261083 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
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The fifth volume in the VARGReB series is a monograph presenting a collection of studies on middle-voice grams in Baltic, that is, on a widely ramified family of constructions with different syntactic and semantic properties but sharing a morphological marker of reflexive origin. Though the emphasis is on Baltic, ample attention is given to other languages as well, especially to Slavonic. The book offers many new insights into questions of syntactic and semantic interpretation, correct demarcation and diachronic explanation of middle-voice grams. The relationship between reflexive and middle, the workings of metonymy, changes in syntactic structure and lexical input as factors determining diachronic shifts within the middle-voice domain and transitions from one middle-voice gram to another – these are among the topics discussed in the book, which, beyond its relevance to Baltic and Slavonic scholarship, is also a contribution to the typology of the middle voice.
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“This book is the first in-depth study of the middle-voice phenomena in Baltic languages since Geniušienė’s seminal “The typology of reflexives” (1987) and builds upon the whole body of theoretical and typological work on voice and related categories that appeared since then. Based on rich empirical data from both contemporary usage as reflected in corpora and historical sources, the book offers a synchronic account of different constructions as well as a number of insights into their diachronic origins, against a broader typological and theoretical background. This is a book to be read by all specialists on reflexives, middles and valency-affecting processes in general, as well as by those interested in grammaticalization paths and historical development of morphosyntactic constructions.”
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Inglese, Guglielmo
2022. Towards a typology of middle voice systems. Linguistic Typology 26:3  pp. 489 ff. DOI logo
Inglese, Guglielmo
2023. The rise of middle voice systems. Diachronica 40:2  pp. 195 ff. DOI logo
Inglese, Guglielmo
2023. Carlota de Benito Moreno: The middle voice and connected constructions in Ibero-Romance: A variationist and dialectal account . Folia Linguistica 57:3  pp. 771 ff. DOI logo
Inglese, Guglielmo & Andrea Sansò
2023. Introduction: towards a diachronic typology of the middle voice. STUF - Language Typology and Universals 76:2  pp. 113 ff. DOI logo
Inglese, Guglielmo & Jean-Christophe Verstraete
2023. Evidence against unidirectionality in the emergence of middle voice systems. STUF - Language Typology and Universals 76:2  pp. 235 ff. DOI logo
Pronk, Tijmen
2022. Balto-Slavic. In The Indo-European Language Family,  pp. 269 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CF/2AJB: Linguistics/Baltic languages

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020011991 | Marc record