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By R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

This booklet offers a wealth of data on probably the most attention-grabbing languages on the planet, such a lot of them little-known within the linguistics literature. the prestigious workforce of authors have every one tested ''valency-changing mechanisms'' (phenomena together with passives and causatives) in languages starting from Amazonian Tariana to Alaskan Eskimo, from Australian Ngan'gityemerri to Tsez from the Caucasus. R. M. W. Dixon has additionally contributed a entire bankruptcy on causatives around the languages of the realm. the amount will supply worthy insights either for formal theoreticians and for linguistic typologists.

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445–62. 1985. 193–203. L. 1977. 46–54. Robinson, S. ms. ‘Valency changing derivations in Tzotzil (Mayan)’. Shibatani, M. 1990. The languages of Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming. Voice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Siewierska, A. 1984. Passive: a comparative linguistic analysis. London: Croom Helm. Thompson, C. 1996. 351–78. W. W. DIXON 1 Introduction1 This chapter will survey causative constructions in terms of three parameters: their formal marking, their syntax and their semantics.

Forthcoming. Voice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Siewierska, A. 1984. Passive: a comparative linguistic analysis. London: Croom Helm. Thompson, C. 1996. 351–78. W. W. DIXON 1 Introduction1 This chapter will survey causative constructions in terms of three parameters: their formal marking, their syntax and their semantics. It will also investigate dependencies between the parameters. I work in terms of a basic theoretical framework. In any language verbal clauses can be categorized as (i) intransitive, with one core argument, in S function; (ii) transitive, with at least two core arguments, in A and O functions (there are subtypes: simple transitive and ditransitive); and (iii) copula, involving two core arguments, in copula subject and copula complement functions (in some languages the copula complement may be omittable).

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