Passives Cross-Linguistically: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches (Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Theory #17) (Hardcover)
The chapters collected in the volume Passives Cross-Linguistically provide analyses of passive constructions across different languages and populations from the interface perspectives between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The contributions are, in principle, all based on the background of generative grammatical theory. In addition to the theoretical contributions of the first part of this volume, all solidly built on rich empirical bases, some experimental works are presented, which explore passives from a psycholinguistic perspective based on theoretical insights. The languages/language families covered in the contributions include South Asian languages (Odia/Indo-Aryan and Telugu/Dravidian, but also Kharia/Austro-Asiatic), Japanese, Arabic, English, German, Modern Greek, and several modern Romance varieties (Catalan, Romanian, and especially southern Italian dialects) as well as Vedic Sanskrit and Ancient Greek.
Kleanthes K. Grohmann, Ph.D. (2000), University of Maryland at College Park, is Professor of Biolinguistics at the University of Cyprus and the Director of the CAT Lab. He has published widely and is founding editor of the open-access journal Biolinguistics. Akemi Matsuya, Ph.D. (2000), University of Maryland at College Park, is Professor of Linguistics at Takachiho University. She has publications in formal and applied linguistics and is one of the editors of Linguistic Journal. Eva-Maria Remberger, Ph.D. (2003), Free University Berlin, is Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Vienna in Austria. Her research and publications concern grammar theoretical questions as they arise from Romance data in a comparative synchronic and diachronic view.