[Lingtyp] Syncretism between forms encoding source and agent

Giorgio Francesco Arcodia giorgio.arcodia at unimib.it
Fri Jul 20 22:47:24 UTC 2018

Dear colleague,


Da Milano a Roma 'from Milan to Rome'


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.


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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