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Polysemy copying or grammaticalization? The Recipient Passive in West Slavic languages with special attention to Kashubian

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
THO 135

Several Slavic languages have the so-called recipient passive construction, for instance, Upper Sorbian Hilža je suknju darjenu dóstała (‘Hilža was given a skirt’). Since Common Slavic did not have a construction of this type it has been suggested that its presence in Slavic is due to the influence of the German bekommen passive such as Ich bekam ein Buch geschenkt (‘I was given a book’). The degree of grammaticalization of the recipient passive construction has been studied by Markus Giger (2003, 2010) and Björn Wiemer (2011) who analyzed it in Czech, Slovak, and Sorbian in the framework of grammaticalization theory developed by Bernd Heine and others. In this talk Prof. Nomachi will consider the degree of grammaticalization of the Kashubian recipient passive in comparison with other West Slavic languages, with special attention to the development of the construction within the Kashubian verbal system.

Prof. Motoki Nomachi received his Ph.D in Slavic linguistics from the University of Tokyo. He has worked as research fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and is now Associate Professor of Slavic linguistics at the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan).