The Urdu Active Impersonal

  • Sana Kidwai University of Cambridge


It has been reported in several works that Urdu can optionally preserve accusative case in passives. In this paper, I show that the accusative-preserving passive construction is different from canonical passives, and reanalyse it as an active construction with a silent pro subject. I also compare it to similar constructions in Polish, Ukrainian, Icelandic and Viennese German.