Article published in:Approaches to Hungarian: Volume 13: Papers from the 2011 Lund conference
Edited by Johan Brandtler, Valéria Molnár and Christer Platzack
[Approaches to Hungarian 13] 2013
► pp. 179–198
Resultative passives in Finnish
In this article, I argue that Finnish passive participles (e.g. avattu ‘opened’ and suljettu ‘closed’) can be multiply ambiguous: the “same” morphophonological forms exhibit different patterns of eventivity and agentivity, and are used to form “traditional” non-agreeing passives, agreeing resultative passives, and agreeing sentences that describe “pure” states and behave in most contexts like traditional copula-adjective constructions. I show that in Finnish, Participle Phrases that look similar on the outside can be formed in different ways, and that these Participle Phrases are selected by different superordinate heads, to form either a non-agreeing passive, an agreeing resultative, or a “pure” stative sentence.
Published online: 25 September 2013