[Lingtyp] Syncretism between forms encoding source and agent

Silvia Luraghi silvia.luraghi at unipv.it
Sat Jul 21 02:28:46 EDT 2018


Same in Latin: *ab* indicates source and passive agent.
Same polysemy in German *von*
Outside European languages for example this polysemy is common in Semitic
(e.g. Arabic *mn*). In Turkish, the postposition *tarafindan* ‘from the
side’ also indicates passive agent.
References:
S. Luraghi, Plotting diachronic semantic maps: the role of metaphors. In
Luraghi & Narrog 2014 *Perspectives on Semantic Roles*. Amsterdam/
Philadelphia, Benjamins, pp. 99-150.
Specifically on Latin:
S. Luraghi, Adverbial Phrases. In Ph. Baldi & P. Cuzzolin, eds., A New
Historical Syntax of Latin.  Berlin/ New York, Mouton de Gruyter, 2010,
19-107.


Silvia Luraghi
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2018-07-21 0:47 GMT+02:00 Giorgio Francesco Arcodia <
giorgio.arcodia at unimib.it>:

> Dear colleague,
>
> Italian:
>
> Da Milano a Roma 'from Milan to Rome'
>
> Vs.
>
> È stato aggredito da Giacinto
>
> 'he was assaulted by Giacinto'
>
> In both cases, you use the preposition 'da'. But, for the agent, this is
> the case only in the passive voice.
>
> Best,
>
> Giorgio F. Arcodia
>
>
> Il sab 21 lug 2018, 12:06 AM Ponrawee Prasertsom <ponrawee.pra at gmail.com>
> ha scritto:
>
>> Dear all,
>>
>> I am exploring research possibilities on the language of motion events.
>>
>> Does anyone know of a language that employs the same form (in any
>> strategy--case, preposition, syntactic roles etc.) that for coding source
>> (the starting point in a motion event, as in: I walked *from* my house to
>> school) and agent?
>>
>> Related references would also be highly appreciated.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> Ponrawee Prasertsom
>>
>> Graduate Student
>> Department of Linguistics
>> Chulalongkorn University
>> Bangkok, Thailand
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