Enrique L. Palancar epalancar at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 6 03:36:39 UTC 2009

Dear Diego,For Proto Indo-European, the reconstructed person endings of the Perfect closely resemble those of the Middle voice and it has been speculated that they once formed a single paradigm. If interested you may want to have a look at Forston, B. 2004. Indo-European Language and Culture. Blackwell, who nicely summarizes a long discussion to a couple of interesting facts. I would be very much interested to read about what you mentioned as "While it is not difficult to trace the likely semantic reanalysis underlying this change", for most people still working with Indo-European are still puzzled by this.Best,
Enrique L. Palancar
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Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 18:02:03 -0600
From: jquesad at UNA.AC.CR
Subject: Channel PERFECTIVE > MIDDLE

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.




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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