Channel PERFECTIVE > MIDDLE

J. Diego Quesada jquesad at UNA.AC.CR
Tue Oct 6 00:02:03 UTC 2009


Dear colleagues,

Does anyone know of a language in which the (former) marker of perfective aspect became a marker of middle voice? In Bocotá, a language of Panama, the marker -du has been described as a marker of perfective aspect (Gunn 1975), while in Buglere, a dialect of Bocotá, spoken in Southwestern Panama and Costa Rica, it clearly behaves as a marker of middle voice. While it is not difficult to trace the likely semantic reanalysis underlying this change, I would like to know if this has been attested elsewhere.

Thanks 

Diego

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Prof. Dr. J. Diego Quesada 
Escuela de Literatura y Ciencias del Lenguaje 
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras 
Universidad Nacional 
3000 Heredia, COSTA RICA

 
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