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Re: Existential voice

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 1:31
Ray Brown wrote:

>> It's probably better to define it as a valence decreasing operation. I >> don't know if any language that does this ... Thomas E. Payne gives >> examples of "impersonal passives" which can make the subject of an >> intransitive verb unspecified, but this wouldn't work with transitive >> verbs like your two examples. > > > But it does! In what way do _metitur_ and _speratur_ not mean the same as > Gregory's "yövïnawne" and "hütawne" respectively? > > These make both the subject and the object of transitive verbs unspecified.
That's good to hear! Since I don't know much about Latin, I didn't suspect that anything like that existed. The examples in _Describing Morphosyntax_ are things like "Es wird hir getanzt", with intransitive verbs.