Harmonizing the passive

Thompson, D., Myachykov, A. and Scheepers, C. (2011) Harmonizing the passive. In: The 6th International Newcastle-upon-Tyne Postgradu ate Conference in Linguistics, Research Beehive, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK, 07 Apr 2011,

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To describe a transitive event, the English language allows a choice of two Voices. The canonical form is the active-voice, and the alternative is passive-voice, which offers its own semantic and syntactic functions. The passive-voice can also be divided into two further variants: be-passives and get-passives. Though theories are numerous, literature falls short in describing the functions and uses of these two forms. Here we present a rethink of passive syntactic representation, simplifying its description under a single structural unit. The proposed pvP theory allows for the variation between the two passive-types, while accounting for the features that are shared by all passive forms.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scheepers, Dr Christoph and Myachykov, Dr Andriy
Authors: Thompson, D., Myachykov, A., and Scheepers, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
509541Get- versus be-passives in English: a functional investigationChristoph ScheepersEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/G045720/1RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY