Antipassives in Yukulta

Antipassives in Yukulta

JESSICA DENNISS

1 Introduction2

An antipassive construction in Yukulta (Australia: Tangkic, non-Pama-Nyungan) was
identified by Keen (1983) as an important syntactic construction that was used to code
certain types of propositions. This paper seeks to build on Keen’s description of the
antipassive by examining the various contexts in which it is used, and by isolating the
features which control its distribution relative to active transitive constructions.
Section 2 will define the antipassive, Section 3 will review two functional typologies
of the construction, Section 4 and 5 will focus on identifying and describing Yukulta’s
antipassive and Section 6 will discuss some of the atypical features that antipassives
have in this language.

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