English prepositional passive constructions

Authors

  • Jesse Tseng CNRS

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2007.16

Abstract

An empirical overview of the properties of English prepositional passives is presented, followed by a discussion of formal approaches to the analysis of the various types of prepositional passives in HPSG. While a lexical treatment is available, the significant number of technical and conceptual difficulties encountered point to an alternative approach relying on constructional constraints. The constructional approach is argued to be the best option for prepositional passives involving adjunct PPs, and this analysis can be extended to create a hierarchy of constructions accommodating all types of prepositional passives in English, and the ordinary NP passive.

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Published

2007-10-15

How to Cite

Tseng, Jesse. 2007. English prepositional passive constructions. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 271–286. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2007.16) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/169) (Accessed December 8, 2022.)