Corpus-based approach meets LFG: the puzzling case of voice alternations of kena-verbs in Indonesian

Gede Primahadi W Rajeg, I Made Rajeg, Wayan Arka

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    This paper discusses the meaning-preserving hypothesis of voice alternation in Indonesian from an LFG perspective. The hypothesis predicts that the meaning encoded by a transitive verb is available for both active and passive forms, differing only in the alignment of grammatical relations and semantic roles. Using quantitative corpus linguistic analysis, we argue that voice alternation needs to be relativised to (i) a certain sense of a verb and (ii) (statistical) usage constraints of the verb�s semantics in certain voices. We also demonstrate the viability of the LFG framework and related analytical issues in capturing such empirical facts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the LFG-20 Conference
    EditorsMiriam Butt, Ida Toivonen
    Place of PublicationOnline
    PublisherCSLI Publications
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    Event25th International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference (LGF-20) - online
    Duration: 1 Jan 2020 → …


    Conference25th International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference (LGF-20)
    Period1/01/20 → …
    OtherJune 23-25, 2020
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