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THE ANTIPASSIVE IN INUKTITUT

Ivan KALMÁR
Études/Inuit/Studies
Vol. 1, No. 1 (1977), pp. 129-142
Published by: Université Laval
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42869254
Page Count: 14
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THE ANTIPASSIVE IN INUKTITUT
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Abstract

L'antipassif est une des deux constructions actives à double argument qu'on trouve dans beaucoup de langues ergati ves. Son explication en termes de relations pures n'est pas satisfaisante car elle ne rend pas compte de toutes les données. La réponse finale doit tenir compte de la sémantique et du contexte extra-sententiel. L'usage de l'antipassif, en langue inuit, constitue un choix: on ne l'utilise que quand on juge que l'objet du prédicat n'est pas encore connu. The antipassive is one of two active, two-argument constructions that one finds in many ergative languages. A purely relational explanation of this form of language construction is unacceptable as it does not permit to take into account all of the data. A more satisfactory explanation must include semantic structure and the extra-sentencial context. In Inuktitut, the use of the antipassive represents a choice, as it is employed only when the speaker assumes that the "patient" is not yet known.

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