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Ditransitive Active-passives in Malayalam: A brief note

, Pritha Chandra
Published in Dravidian Linguistics Association.
Volume: 44
Issue: 1

Previous literature recognizes that some South Asian Languages (henceforth SALs)including Malayalam have active-passives with transitive predicates (Mahajan 1994;Chandra and Sahoo 2013). These active-passives do not demote their external arguments,a property that defines English (canonical) passives. Rather, these DPs, though theyappear as agentive
by- phrases, are actually the surface subjects. However, there are notenough studies with ditransitive predicates to suggest if they too yield similar active-passive structures. Additionally, there is no literature on whether cross-linguistictypological generalizations like that given by Woolford (1993) are also found in SALs.This paper tries to remove these lacunae by presenting novel data with Malayalamditransitive predicates to show (i) that they too have active-passives and (ii) when theexternal arguments are not present, they have symmetric short passives, where either thedirect or the indirect object occupies the subject position.

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JournalInternational Journal of Dravidian Linguistics
PublisherDravidian Linguistics Association.
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