Suzanne Kemmer kemmer at RICE.EDU
Tue Oct 6 03:44:21 UTC 2009

Yes, Kurylowicz said this and I quoted him in my book on Middle Voice
in Chapter 5, on the grammaticalization paths relating to middler  
markers (i.e. morphosyntactic
forms that express middle voice semantics)

On Oct 5, 2009, at 10:36 PM, Enrique L. Palancar wrote:

> 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
> Docente-Investigador
> Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
> Cerro de las Campanas s/n
> Querétaro 76010
> Querétaro, México
> Tel. (52) 442.192.12.00/Ext. 6113/6116
> 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.
> Thanks
> Diego
> -- 
> 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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