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A corpus-based contrastive study of impersonal passives in Swedish and Dutch
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2473-8486
2018 (English)In: Languages in Contrast: International Journal for Contrastive Linguistics, ISSN 1387-6759, E-ISSN 1569-9897Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with impersonal passives in two Germanic languages, Swedish and Dutch. Impersonal passives constitute one type of impersonal construction (denoting constructions with non-canonical subjects) as described in Siewierska ( 2008a : 116). Formally, they consist of an overt expletive subject, such as det ‘it’ in Swedish and er ‘there’ in Dutch, combined with a passive predicate. Semantically, such passive constructions encode actions with a general reference, i.e. where no agent is specified (cf. Siewierska 1984 , Engdahl 2006 , Viberg 2010 ). The study is corpus-based and uses a bidirectional translation corpus of Swedish and Dutch to map out the specific morphosyntactic and semantic profile of the impersonal passive in both Swedish and in Dutch. The similarities and differences make these languages suitable to study from a contrastive perspective in that interesting aspects on impersonal passives are highlighted in the translation data.

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impersonal passive, corpus-based, translation, Swedish/Dutch
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Dutch; Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156472DOI: 10.1075/lic.16003.johOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156472DiVA, id: diva2:1209053
Available from: 2018-05-21 Created: 2018-05-21 Last updated: 2018-05-22

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