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Re: Test for middle voice?

From:Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 14:13
On Sun, 20 Nov 2005, 01:29 CET, Henrik Theiling wrote:

 > The way I intuitively understood middle voice was looking
 > at some
 > examples of Ancient Greek.  E.g. that 'to appear'
 > (phainomai, the stem
 > of 'phenomenon') is middle voice of 'to show'.  It's clear
 > that 'to be
 > shown' (the passive voice) is not the same as 'to appear'
 > (the middle
 > voice) and this difference is just the point: it is shown,
 > but no-one
 > shows -- the agent is missing (nicely compares to 'the cup
 > is filled'
 > -- 'the cup fills)'.

When the agent is missing in 'the cup fills', wouldn't that
be some kind of antipassive -- if I understood the notion of
antipassive correctly at all, that is?


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