Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 939–953 | Cite as

Event modifiers in (German) adjectival participles: remarks on Gehrke (this issue)

  • Andrew McIntyreEmail author


This commentary discusses four main claims about German adjectival participles made by Gehrke (this issue): (i) that events in adjectival participles are uninstantiated kinds, not tokens, (ii) that DPs in modifiers and by-phrases in participles are referentially opaque, (iii) that modifiers/by-phrases pseudo-incorporate into the participles, and (iv) that participle+modifier/by-phrase combinations refer to established (nameworthy) event-kinds. I defend claims (i)–(iii) in the face of potential counterevidence, but argue against claim (iv). I also motivate the generalisation that modifiers/by-phrases are licit only if they contribute to the description of the state expressed by the participle.


Adjectival participles Event-kinds Pseudo-incorporation Modification By-phrases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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