Colloquium 2: Laura Grestenberger


Anagnostopoulou (2003) argues in her seminal paper “Participles and Voice” that the properties of Modern Greek and German participles are determined by different levels of incorporation of functional structure: in target state participles, the nominalizer attaches directly to the root and does not include the functional projection Voice, while in result state participles, it does include VoiceP. Building on this insight and subsequent work (e.g., Alexiadou & Anagnostopoulou 2008), I argue that this approach to the architecture of participles makes interesting predictions with respect to voice mismatches (“deponency”). We expect that voice mismatches are preserved in nominalizations that include VoiceP, but disappear in nominalizations that do not include VoiceP. I argue that the syntax of deponent participles in Hittite, Vedic Sanskrit, Ancient & Modern Greek and Latin confirms this prediction and makes it possible to pinpoint exactly where and why voice mismatches occur.



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