Re: German voice: dative -> nominative: name?
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 3, 2004, 3:18|
Henrik Theiling scripsit:
> ? voice:
> Du kriegst von mir den Text erklärt.
> You-NOM get by me the Text-ACC explained.
> ?'You are explained the text by me.'
This sounds like what traditionally was called the false passive
active: John gave the boy the book.
passive: The book was given to the boy (by John).
false passive: The boy was given the book (by John).
The term "false" of course means that it didn't fit Latin grammar:
Latin can't passivize a ditransitive verb by promoting the IO.
John Cowan email@example.com www.ccil.org/~cowan
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