Verbal Passives in English and Hebrew: a Comparative Study

Aya Meltzer‐Asscher

in The Theta System

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739200 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Verbal Passives in English and Hebrew: a Comparative Study

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The paper argues that the mechanism underlying verbal passive formation in English and Hebrew is different. Whereas in English the implicit external argument has a syntactic representation, in Hebrew it is represented only semantically. Coupled with Reinhart's (2002) Theta System, the analysis accounts for several thematic differences between passive verbs in the two languages.

Keywords: passive; implicit argument; English; Hebrew; full interpretation of thematic roles

Chapter.  11811 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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