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Passive Sentences in English and Portuguese

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ISBN-10: 0878400788

ISBN-13: 9780878400782

Edition: 1980

Authors: Milton M. Azevedo

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This study analyzes passive sentences in English and Portuguese which result from a post-semantic transformation applied when a noun, which does not play the semantic role of actor, is chosen as syntactic subject. Choice between a passive and its non-passive or active counterpart reflects differences in the distribution of information in the sentence as regards the relative importance of the latter's constituents for communication. Such distribution is analyzed in terms of Prague school theory, especially that involving the notions of communicative dynamism and the distribution of theme and rheme.
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 1980
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1980
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 132
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The Semantics Of Passives
On the notion of passive
A note on background
Theoretical considerations
Surface function assignment
Primary linearization (PL) rules
Secondary linearization (SL) rules
Communicative dynamism and passivization
Passivization and contrastive sentences
Sample derivation of a passive sentence
Passives And Related Sentences
Other passive auxiliaries
Actor indeterminacy
A gente, a turma, o pessoal
O cara
The indeterminate se
Contrastive Analysis Of Passive Constructions
First set of patterns
Second set of patterns
Third set of patterns
Fourth set of patterns