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Linguistic background—voice and related notions

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This chapter describes the linguistic concepts and explains what grammatical voice is and to describe the various types of voice phenomena. It discusses transitivity and with it, linguistic notions of categories and prototypes, and cognitive models that facilitate the understanding of voice in terms of perspective. That is, grammatical voice, as a series of linguistic options for expressing alternative conceptualizations of events, constitutes a deictic category in which the choice of one voice form over another is dependent upon the speaker's perspective. Finally, and more fundamentally, the chapter elaborates upon what is meant by grammatical case since voice revolves around the relationships between nominal arguments, and case itself can assume different meanings at different levels of conception.

Keywords:billiard-ball model; grammatical voice; linguistic concept; prototypes; transitivity



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