Transitive Property ( Concept )


Those grammatical features which are used systematically to express certain relationships between the participants in a communicative situation and the actions, states, or circumstances in which they are involved [Hartmann & Stork 1972: 242]. According to Hopper and Thompson, transitivity is traditionally understood as a global property of an entire clause, such that an activity is 'carried-over' or 'transferred' from an agent to a patient. [Hopper & Thompson 1980: 251]

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