Passive and Perspective

Voorkant
Rodopi, 1997 - 295 pagina's
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The passive construction in Dutch represents a long-standing problem both in linguistics and in written communications. This book proposes a new analysis of the passive in Dutch, integrating insights from theoretical (especially cognitive) linguistics and rhetoric/composition. The point of departure is the observation that the Dutch passive has a demonstrable perspective effect in texts: the passive discourages identification with the agent, and this in fact is the meaning of the Dutch passive construction. This meaning forms the basis for a solution to a number of text problems, including the problem of how to best use the passive in computer manuals.
We can also understand the passive's role in specific texts. For example, it becomes clear why policy paper writers use so many passives. Finally, in one of the case studies it is shown why passives were used differently in the NRC Handelsblad, a Rotterdam daily newspaper, and in the Parool, from Amsterdam, when they both reported that Ajax, Amsterdam's football team, became the national soccer champion.
 

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Introducing the search for passive and perspective
1
The functionalists difficulties with the Dutch passive
15
The whole is more than the sum of its parts
55
Door and its causers
99
The passive in three types of text
143
percolation with passives of Ppredicates
187
Results and their consequences for theory and practice
225
Reflection and final remarks
245
Literature
263
Author Index
281
Passives in the Ajaxarticles in Ret Parool
290
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