ERIC Number: ED344483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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The Focus Antipassive in K'iche' Mayan.
Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, v14 n2 p88-98 1989
This analysis shows how the Government and Binding (GB) framework of Chomsky may be extended to the focus antipassive construction in K'iche', a Mayan language spoken in the central highland region of Guatemala. The GB model previously has been successfully extended to a number of Romance languages and has shown that a wide range of differences among the languages may be due to variation among a limited set of parameters. At first sight, an antipassive construction appears to contradict the GB account of passives because it affects an internal rather than an external verb argument. It is shown that the GB framework can be extended naturally to account for the focus antipassive in K'iche'. The analysis leaves the ergative nature of the syntactic operation firmly in place; it applies only to the subjects of transitive verbs. Contains 14 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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Identifiers: Guatemala; Passive Voice; Voice (Verbs)
Note: In: Ok, Jong-seok, Ed. and Taneri, Mubeccel, Ed. Studies in Native American Languages V; see FL 020 310.