Get-versus be-passives in English: a functional investigation

Thompson, D., Scheepers, C. and Myachykov, A. (2012) Get-versus be-passives in English: a functional investigation. In: Psycholinguistics in Flanders (PiF2012), Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 6-7 Jun 2012,

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We report evidence from syntactic priming showing that speakers produce more be-passive responses after full-passive primes than after truncated-passive primes. Since a comparable main effect was absent in get-passive responses, this suggests that by-phrase inclusion supports the use of be- but not of get-passives (in line with corpus data). Most importantly, our analyses revealed an auxiliary-repetition main effect (more be-passive responses after be-passive primes and more get-passive responses after get-passive primes). Our findings suggest that, although the same syntactic representation may underlie both passives in early development, these forms later become associated with distinct construction types susceptible to their own lexically-specific auxiliary priming effects.

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

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509541Get- versus be-passives in English: a functional investigationChristoph ScheepersEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/G045720/1RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY