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ERIC Number: ED317085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 16
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Middles and Movement.
Stroik, Thomas
An analysis of TH-roles in middle constructions (e.g., "this book reads poorly") responds to theories that the non-overtness of TH-roles in these constructions is attributable to syntactic suppression. It is argued that middle formation does not involve lexical operations that adjust a verb's argument structure, but rather involves two interrelated syntactic processes: external TH-role demotion and theme promotion. The TH-role is viewed as not syntactically suppressed but assigned to an argument that is structurally realized as a verb phrase adjunct that just happens to lack phonetic realization. In addition, structural realization of the external TH-role is seen as necessitating a movement analysis for externalization of the internal TH-roles. Analysis demonstrates that the external TH-role can be lexically overt or non-overt; if non-overt, the argument is expressed at PRO. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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