Julie Anne Legate gives a talk at CUNY

The talk is part of the CUNY Linguistics Colloquium and will be given on March 6, 2014. The title of the talk is "VoiceP: Noncanonical Passives".

In this talk, I investigate the syntactic structure of voice, focusing on noncanonical passives; I build on previous work by myself and others showing that voice is encoded in a functional projection, VoiceP, which is distinct from, and higher than, vP.  I demonstrate that microvariation in the properties of VoiceP explains a wide range of noncanonical passives, including agent-agreeing passives, restricted agent passives, accusative object passives, impersonals, and object voice. The analysis draws on data from a typologically diverse set of languages, including Malayo-Polynesian, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Slavic.