Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 167–177

Licensing “gapless” bei passives


DOI: 10.1007/s10831-009-9039-y

Cite this article as:
Lin, TH.J. J East Asian Linguist (2009) 18: 167. doi:10.1007/s10831-009-9039-y


This paper investigates “gapless” bei passives in Mandarin Chinese and the way they are licensed. It is discovered that if the embedded predicate of a bei passive contains a weak NP, then the bei passive can be gapless. The proposal of this paper is that the weak NP introduces a variable, which can be bound by the operator Op at the embedded IP. Op need not move from an argument position in the embedded predicate of the bei passive; it can be merged directly to the embedded IP and bind the variable introduced by the weak NP.


Gapless bei passivesWeak NPBindingEmpty operatorMandarin

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of LinguisticsNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan