Chapter published in:Antipassive: Typology, diachrony, and related constructions
Edited by Katarzyna Janic and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich
[Typological Studies in Language 130] 2021
► pp. 427–446
Antipassive derivations in Sino-Tibetan/Trans-Himalayan and their sources
This paper presents an overview of antipassive constructions in the Sino-Tibetan/Trans-Himalayan family. It shows that all of these constructions are relatively recent developments, and originate from three distinct historical sources, including the incorporation of generic nouns, the verbalization of action nominalizations and reflexive/middle markers. All productive antipassive constructions in the family are found in languages with polypersonal indexation and ergative case marking.
Keywords: antipassive, denominal verbs, nominalization, grammaticalization, middle voice, incorporation, Gyalrongic, Kiranti, West-Himalayish, Old Chinese, Dulong-Rawang
Published online: 23 March 2021
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