Aspect and Argument structure in adjectival passives

Alfredo García-Pardo

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7557/1.6.1.4095

Keywords

Adjectival passives; agent-oriented modifiers; Aktionsart; by-phrases; external argument; argument structure

Abstract

This paper investigates the patterns regarding the (un)availability of by-phrases and agent-oriented modification in adjectival passives in Spanish. Departing from the observation that adjectival participles derived from change-of-state verbs ban agent-oriented modification but those derived from stative causative verbs allow it, I put forth a novel theoretical account that derives the restrictions solely from the Aktionsart of the underlying verbal predicate, syntactically modelled and independently motivated. I extend my proposal to German and Hebrew, which display a similar behavior, and propose a parametric account for languages like Greek that freely allow by-phrases and agent-oriented modification regardless of the Aktionsart of the underlying verbal predicate.

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