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Re: theory

From:daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>
Date:Monday, September 18, 2000, 23:40
Marcus wrote:

> Daniel, you've looked at more active languages than I have. > Do you know of any active langs with passives?
Hmm. Sorry. I have specifically looked at just the active part and the apparent ;) semantics behind it and nothing more. I think Georgian has some kind of passive. _Mier_ can mark the agent with passives, such as: _vis mier daits'era?_ 'By whom was it written?' But I think the passive is rather expressed with an infix _-i-_ which intransitivizes the verb, making it a Class 2 verb: _da-ts'er-a_ 'He wrote it.' _da-i-ts'er-a_ 'It was written.' I don't know if you can interpret this as a passive construction though. It looks like it really isn't. Regarding North American langs, I think you, Marcus, have much more to say about them. I have no idea about Acehnese and I seem to have misplaced my Guaraní grammar. Bummer. Actually I thought about including this in my thesis, but my advisor thought it'd be too much work. I'm inclined to agree. Perhaps something for an MA-thesis. ;) Daniel PS. Phew. Pure luck I didn't delete this. I'm SO after in reading my mail due to massive work overload and getting a new computer. I will answer y'all's personal mails as soon as I can, hopefully in just a couple of days. I haven't forgot you guys!