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Title: Chapter 7. Middles and reflexives in Yucatec Maya: Trusting speaker intuition 
Author: Martínez Corripio, Israel; Maldonado, Ricardo
Date: 2010-05
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Martínez Corripio, Israel & Ricardo Maldonado. 2010. Middles and reflexives in Yucatec Maya: Trusting speaker intuition In Andrea L. Berez, Jean Mulder, & Daisy Rosenblum (eds.), Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, 147-171. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Abstract: In this paper we provide a characterization of the middle construction in YM, and show that the apparently unpredictable distribution of middle voice in YM corresponds to a neatly identified, and quite limited, system of absolute events, i.e., events in which no energy is expended (Langacker 1987). This strategy is not exploited by other related Mayan languages, which tend to encode all absolute events as simple intransitive verbs. The semantic coherence of middle voice in YM is only discernible by combining analysis of narrative texts and direct elicitation with attention to speaker intuition in a variety of situational contrastive contexts guided by cognitive principles which are known to determine the behavior of middle voice systems in other languages.
Series/Report No.: LD&C Special Publication 2
Sponsorship: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 25 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3530-9
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Keywords: middle voice, reflexive, Yucatec Maya, speaker intuition

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