Licensing “gapless” bei passives
- Tzong-Hong Jonah Lin
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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.
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- Licensing “gapless” bei passives
Journal of East Asian Linguistics
Volume 18, Issue 2 , pp 167-177
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- Gapless bei passives
- Weak NP
- Empty operator
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- 1. Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, 101, Section 2, Guangfu Road, Hsinchu, 300, Taiwan