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dc.contributor.author Benjamin, Geoffrey
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-11T08:31:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-11T08:31:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2009
dc.date.issued 2011-10-11
dc.identifier.citation Benjamin, G. (2009). Deponent verbs and middle-voice nouns in Temiar. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics, Mon-Khmer studies, (1)2, 11–37.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/7225
dc.description.abstract The infix -a- in Temiar (Central Aslian, Peninsular Malaysia) covers a wide range of functions, both productive and non-productive. In Temiar morphology generally it serves iconically to indicate an embedded object. As a productive infix, it forms the middle voice of verbs and the singular of human nouns (Benjamin, in press). The main nonproductive function of -a- is as a frozen infix in (1) a set of non-inflecting 'deponent' verbs and (2) a set of disyllabic ('middle-voice') nouns. The same semantic dimension underlies both, namely that the verbs and nouns in question indicate that the subject or entity is thought of as being simultaneously its own agent and patient. Culturally, the special attention paid to 'middle-voice' processes relates to a central Temiar interest in the specifically dialectical character of Self–Other relations.
dc.format.extent 20 p.
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights © 2011 Geoffrey Benjamin.
dc.subject DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics
dc.title Deponent verbs and middle-voice nouns in Temiar
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.contributor.conference International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics (4th : 2009 : Salaya, India)
dc.contributor.school College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
dc.description.version Published version
dc.identifier.rims 150605

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