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Functionally, mu- revolves around high agentivity and high animacy, with all uses of the prefix being explainable, directly or indirectly, in terms of these two interrelated properties. The prefix mu- represents the Initiator or Actor perspective on the event. In comparison with imma- and ba-, mu- does not expressly indicate the subject's affectedness by the action. Certainly with many intransitive events, which occur commonly with mu-, the subject is affected. Rather, mu- is neutral to the property of subject affectedness. With transitive events mu- focuses on agency and the ability of the Agent to affect an Object. This chapter describes the canonical environment for mu-, the exemplar to which all other uses assimilate: the prototypical transitive event.

Keywords:actor; initiator; Mu-; transitivity

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