implicit agents

Julie Anne Legate jlegate at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Aug 24 15:02:06 UTC 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Davies 1995 mentions that agents of passives in Javanese must be 3rd person. I'm wondering whether the Javanese situation is like Indonesian, in which di-passives without overt agents can be interpreted as having 1/2 person agents but 1/2 person pronouns in a by-phrase are not used, or whether di-passives even with implicit agents are restricted to 3rd person? (I've already contacted Bill and he suggested I email this list.)

Also, I'd be happy to hear about any other languages in which implicit agents are known to be restricted to 3rd person.

Thank you in advance for any replies.


Julie Anne Legate
Department of Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania

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