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Backgrounded agents in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): passives, middles, or impersonals?

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dc.contributor.author Barberà, Gemma
dc.contributor.author Cabredo Hofherr, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-31T09:41:29Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-31T09:41:29Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Barberà G, Cabredo Hofherr P. Backgrounded agents in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): passives, middles, or impersonals? Language. 2017 Dec;93(4):767-98. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2017.0057
dc.identifier.issn 0097-8507
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/36467
dc.description.abstract This article proposes that at least two agent-backgrounding operations with different syntactic and semantic properties have to be distinguished in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): the high-locus construction and the nonagreeing central construction. We show that the high-locus construction is a transitive structure with a nonspecific subject. We propose to analyze this construction as involving a null pro-subject, licensed by agreement and interpreted as an impersonal third plural, as in other agent-backgrounding constructions with an impersonal third plural subject, which are crosslinguistically restricted to human interpretation. We propose that the nonagreeing construction is an intransitivized verb form that allows passive interpretations with agents and causes and anticausative interpretations comparable to middle voice.
dc.description.sponsorship The present work was financed by the Franco-German ANR-DFG project ‘Towards a typology of human impersonal pronouns’(ANR-11-FRAL-0011, 2012–2015).
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Linguistic Society of America
dc.relation.ispartof Language. 2017 Dec;93(4):767-98.
dc.rights © Linguistic Society of America
dc.title Backgrounded agents in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): passives, middles, or impersonals?
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/lan.2017.0057
dc.subject.keyword Agent backgrounding
dc.subject.keyword Catalan Sign Language (LSC)
dc.subject.keyword Middle
dc.subject.keyword Nonspecificity
dc.subject.keyword Passive
dc.subject.keyword R-impersonal
dc.subject.keyword Transitivity
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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