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?
"Miranayam cepauarà naranoaris."
(Calvin nay Hobbes)