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Title [Correlates to Middle Marking in Dena段na Iterative Verbs]
Description:Correlates to Middle Marking in Dena段na Iterative Verbs; Abstract from IJAL:
"While recent studies have attempted to find a unified motivation for the Athabaskan middle voice, middle marking in iterative verbs, which are sometimes middles, is generally less well understood than in other middle constructions. Scholars have cited syntactic intransitivity, semantics, or some combination thereof as motivation for when iteratives are marked as middles. In this paper, we present a quantitative analysis of iteratives from traditional Dena段na (Athabaskan, Alaska) narratives. This analysis strongly suggests that while grammatical transitivity plays a role in the triggering of overt morphological marking of middles, verb meaning plays an even more important overall role, and thus supports the assumption of a semantically unified class of middle verbs. More specifically, we show that in Dena段na iterative verbs, middle marking is more likely to occur when the spatial starting and ending points of the action of the verb are undifferentiated."
Citation Correlates to Middle Marking in Dena段na Iterative Verbs
Andrea L. Berez and Stefan Th. Gries
International Journal of American Linguistics
Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2010) (pp. 145-165)
Contributors Berez, Andrea (author)
Gries, Stefan Th. (author)
Type Text
Subject Language(s) Dena'ina
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