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Re: Test for middle voice?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Sunday, November 20, 2005, 13:21
Quoting Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>:

> Hi! > > R A Brown <ray@...> writes: > > Mark J. Reed wrote: > >... > > > Yes, but I believe Ray's point was that it is not syntactically > > > distinguished. The "middle voice" verbs you cite are > > > indistinguishable in form from their active counterparts. > > > > Absolutely - spot on! > > Oops. > > My problem might be than AFAIK German has no good word for 'voice'. I > always use 'Diathese' in German for English 'voice'. That might even > be wrong, since most of the time I do linguistics in English, but > anyway, it seems to have blinded me.
Looking in a Swedish lexicon, it seems _diates_ covers both voice and diathesis. It may be the same in German. The way to distingish is apparently to speak of _morfologisk diates_ vs _semantisk diates_. Andreas