Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 193–215 | Cite as

Gapless bei passives licensed by accomplishment events

  • Tzong-Hong Jonah Lin


This paper argues that Mandarin bei passives can be licensed by accomplishment events. It is observed that certain gapless bei passives have neither a syntactic gap nor an indefinite and hence cannot be accounted for by the A’-movement analysis or the binding analysis. This paper shows that if the complement clause of a bei passive denotes an accomplishment event, the bei passive can be licensed even if it is gapless or doesn’t contain an indefinite. It is further suggested that such passives, just like other types of bei passives, have an operator-variable structure in the complement clause. In these gapless bei passives an empty operator Op binds the embedded tense and abstracts over time.


Mandarin bei passive Gapless Accomplishment Tense Binding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of LinguisticsNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan

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