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Title: Statal and Processual Passives in Old Saxon
Subtitle: uuesan vs. uuerđan
Author(s): ARNETT, Carlee
Journal: Leuvense Bijdragen - Leuven Contributions in Linguistics and Philology
Volume: 95    Date: 2006   
Pages: 179-196
DOI: 10.2143/LB.95.0.2033186

Abstract :
In this paper, I present an analysis of the statal and processual passive in Old Saxon, using the theory of Cognitive Grammar. The data to be discussed are the examples of the statal and processual passive from the Heliand and Genesis. Traditional grammars are mainly concerned with which types of clauses can passivize. Further, they assume the traditional distinction between processual passives and stative passives, that is that processual statives are formed with the auxiliary uuerđan and statal passives are formed exclusively with the auxiliary uuesan. The handbooks also provide little information about aspect and the semantic contribution of the auxiliary. In contrast to the traditional grammars, Rauch provides a thorough description of diathesis in Old Saxon within a formal theoretical framework. This paper builds on this description and provides a semantic analysis of the auxiliaries and the participles in Old Saxon that are used to form the processual and statal passives.

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