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Title: The rise of the middle passive in Modern English
Author: Mott, Brian Leonard
Keywords: Gramàtica
English language
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara
Abstract: The paper discusses the increasing number of originally transitive verbs used as middles in Modern English (The shirt irons well), and attempts to categorize them and suggest reasons for their recent spread. Observations will also be made on their equivalents in other languages, e.g. Spanish, which may use the reflexive passive (or other constructions) to convey the nuances of English middles. Key words: English grammar, middle voice, ergatives, passivization, reflexivization.
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It is part of: British and American Studies, 2009, vol. 15, p. 299-310
ISSN: 1224-3086
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Llengües i Literatures Modernes i Estudis Anglesos)

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