Bookcover of A Comparison of English Passives and Chinese bei-Constructions
Booktitle:

A Comparison of English Passives and Chinese bei-Constructions

Scholars' Press (2015-10-26 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-86070-2

ISBN-10:
3639860705
EAN:
9783639860702
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
The purpose of this research is to develop and motivate a theory of passive constructions under Minimalism. This theory includes three proposals: firstly, accusative Case is available in passives; secondly, nominative Case takes priority over accusative; finally, a Passive Phrase exists between TP/VP and vP. English passives and Chinese bei-constructions are analyzed based on the Agree and Phase system in Chomsky’s recent framework, Minimalist Inquiries. In conclusion, a unitary syntactic structure and derivational process of English passives and Chinese bei-constructions are developed. The passive functional category is phonologically covert in English while overtly realized as bei in Chinese. They both head a strong Phase and have an EPP-feature and a specifier. They also have the same selectional properties: they can be selected by T or V and take a vP without a specifier as their complement.
Publishing house:
Scholars' Press
Website:
http://www.scholars-press.com
By (author) :
Wei Yan
Number of pages:
68
Published on:
2015-10-26
Stock:
Available
Category:
General and comparative linguistics
Price:
45.90 €
Keywords:
Case, Chinese, English, Minimalism, passives, bei-constructions

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