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Voice and Grammatical Relations in Austronesian Languages cover

Voice and Grammatical Relations in Austronesian Languages

edited by Peter K. Austin and Simon Musgrave

This volume explores various problems in the syntax of Austronesian languages, which are found primarily in Malaysia and the Polynesian islands. Using the framework of constraint-based theories of syntax, contributors discuss the nature of these voice systems, the function of their verbal morphology, valence, verbal diathesis and transitivity in such languages, and the nature of their lexical categories. Each analysis is presented within the frameworks of lexical-functional grammar and head-driven phase structure grammar.

Peter K. Austin is Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Simon Musgrave is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University.


  • Contributors
  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • 1 Introduction
    Simon Musgrave
  • 2 The place of Philippine languages in a typology of voice systems
    William A. Foley
  • 3 Voice and grammatical relations in Indonesian: A new perspectives
    I Wayan Arka and Christopher D. Manning
  • 4 Voice and the syntax of =a/-a verbs in Balinese
    I Wayan Arka
  • 5 Objective voice and control into subject cluses in Balinese
    I Wayan Arka and Jane Simpson
  • 6 The grammatical function OBJ in Indonesian
    Simon Musgrave
  • 7 Grammatical properties of the ergative noun phrase in Tongan
    Michael Dukes
  • 8 Voice and being core: evidence from eastern Indonesian languages
    I Wayan Arka
  • 9 Hierarchies in argument structure increasing processes: ranking causative and applicative
    Mark Donohue
  • 10 Lexical categories and voice in Tagalog
    Nikolaus Himmelamn


ISBN (Paperback): 9781575865003
ISBN (Cloth): 9781575864990
ISBN (Electronic): 9781575867649

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