Antipassives without overt expression of O

Stefanie Fauconnier stefanie.fauconnier at ARTS.KULEUVEN.BE
Tue Dec 20 16:46:05 UTC 2011

Dear colleagues,

I am looking for examples of antipassive constructions where it is 
syntactically impossible to overtly express the original O argument as 
an oblique-marked adjunct.

In the following example from Tzutujil, the transitive verb has 
antipassive marking. Normally, this verb takes an A and an O argument, 
but in this construction it appears that only the A can be mentioned 
(Dayley 1985:346).

Jaa7 ma xa ko7 nchapooni
3SG  a lot     scolds/grabs.ANTIP
'He scolds/grabs a lot'

The reverse phenomenon appears to be well attested: it is not very 
difficult to find examples of passives that do not allow overt 
expression of the A. It is my impression that this is not the case for 
antipassives. In fact, Tzutujil is the only example I know of. Of course 
this impression might be wrong, so if anyone has other examples I would 
like to hear about them.

Best wishes,

Stefanie Fauconnier
University of Leuven

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