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Re: not un-/anti-passive

From:JR <fuscian@...>
Date:Thursday, June 19, 2008, 7:30
On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 4:38 AM, Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>

> In Naisek, there are some grammatical voice prefixes, including a causative > and two kinds of passive. Another one adds a dative subject, usually > indicating > a perceiver, to verbs which otherwise have patientive subjects. I had first > mistakenly called it an antipassive prefix (I don't know why, except that > it is > the opposite of a passive). This was hastily changed to unpassive when I > looked at it later. It turns out that unpassive is also already used for > something else, so I need a new term. Does anybody know? > > Jeff
Do I understand correctly that this is used to de-emphasize an already-existing patientive subject, and not to add a new argument? Does the new dative trigger agreement in the verb (if there is agreement at all)? Can it be used with any verb with a patientive subject? If not, how is its range limited? When you say the dative subject "usually" indicates a perceiver, what are the other possibilities? Can you give some examples? Josh