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Edge-Based Clausal SyntaxA Study of (Mostly) English Object Structure$
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Paul M. Postal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014816

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014816.001.0001

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Passivization Targets: II

Passivization Targets: II

(p.231) 6 Passivization Targets: II
Edge-Based Clausal Syntax

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

It is not theoretically possible for an English 2 arc cooccurring with a final 3 arc to be a prepassive arc of either type. That English ditransitive clauses cannot have periphrastic 2 object passive or middle correspondents is highly desirable from a theoretical perspective since solid factual evidence suggests that those are passives of 4 objects, rather than 2 objects. This chapter deals with periphrastic passivization and restricted phenomena, focusing on expletive there and locative inversion passives. It also examines the character of ditransitive objects and the edge label of pseudopassive prepassive arcs, along with particles and 3 object-like behavior.

Keywords:   ditransitive clauses, passives, objects, passivization, expletive, ditransitive objects, arcs, particles

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