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ERIC Number: ED184331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
On Resurrecting Buried Agents in Certain Tagalog Verbs. Studies in Philippine Linguistics, Vol. 3, No. 1
Cena, R. M.
Analysis of the deep structure of certain Tagalog sentences reveals buried agents. In Tagalog, verbs are inflected for the case role of the subject Noun Phrase (NP). However, Tagalog contains many sentences which, on the surface, do not appear to adhere to this rule, because they are missing the agent. Among sentences which deviate from the rule are those with locative subjects ("Linindol any Manila," Manila was earthquaked) and those with attack predicates, ("Simipon any doktor," The doctor was attacked by cold). The absence of the agent in the surface structure is due to its re-lexicalization in the verb base. This supports Postals' notion that in Philippine linguistics there are two subjects, the initial (underlying) and the cyclic. (PMJ)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Inflection (Grammar); Passives; Relational Grammar