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Recipient Passive
(1,693 words)

The entry describes voice constructions that promote the indirect object of a verb to the subject position. The main type is built from a verb meaning ‘get’ and a perfective passive participle. It can be found in several Slavic languages, but with different degrees of grammaticalization, and in all cases, it seems to be a result of language contact with German. A second type, with the verb “have” and an imperfective passive participle, occurs mostly in Polish.

A recipient passive is a voice construction promoting the indirect object of a verb to the subject position, cf. “Ada…

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Giger, Markus, “Recipient Passive”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 16 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032455>
First published online: 2020



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