Re: Test for middle voice?
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 20, 2005, 13:21|
Quoting Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>:
> 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!
> 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